Improving the Smart Control of Air Pollution in Europe


The iSCAPE project aims to integrate and advance the control of air quality and carbon emissions in European cities in the context of climate change through the development of sustainable and passive air pollution remediation strategies, policy interventions and behavioural change initiatives. It will tackle the problem of reducing air pollution at target receptors with an innovative SME-led approach, focusing on the use of “Passive Control Systems” in urban spaces. Improvements in air quality, microclimate and behavioural aspects of urban dwellers will be achieved by applying real-world physical interventions on the urban tissue to alter ventilation rates and dispersion patterns in the selected cities assessed for future climate change scenarios and representative of different cultural&life; styles in Europe. Through the approach of Living Labs the team will deploy a network of air quality and meteorological sensors (both stationary and mobile) and evaluate through analysis and a suite of up-to-date numerical modelling the benefits expected from the interventions on a neighbourhood and city-wide scale for several aspects ranging from quantification of pollutant concentration to exposure. iSCAPE encapsulates the concept of “smart cities” by promoting the use of low-cost sensors, engaging citizens in the use of alternative solution processes to environmental problems. iSCAPE will support sustainable urban development by promoting the sharing of results with policy-makers and planners using local test-cases, and providing scientific evidence ready-to-use solutions potentially leading to real-time operational interventions. This integrated approach will include the development and assessment of a framework aimed at changing the mobility behaviour of people by studying processes and dynamics that lead to more resilient, healthy, and sustainable cities, by bringing together theory from urban planning, public policy, urban and environmental sociology and urban geography.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Silvana Di Sabatino

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia "Augusto Righi"
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale

University College Dublin, National University Of Ireland(Ireland)

Other Participants:
Nanoair solutions (Spain)
University Of Surrey (United Kingdom)
Future Cities Catapult Limited (United Kingdom)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
The Provost, Fellows, Foundation Scholars & The Other Members Of Board Of The College Of The Holy & Undivided Trinity Of Queen Elizabeth Near Dublin (Ireland)
ARPAE Emilia-Romagna - Agenzia Prevenzione Ambiente Energia Emilia-Romagna (Italy)
Finnish Meteorological Institute-Ilmatieteen Laitos (Finland)
Institut D'Arquitectura Avancada De Catalunya (Spain)
EUROPEAN COMMISSION - JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE Directorate F-Health, Consumers and Reference Materials (Belgium)
T6 Ecosystems Srl (Italy)
Technische Universitaet Dortmund (Germany)
Dublin City Council (Ireland)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 5.850.828,75
Project Duration in months: 39
Start Date: 01/09/2016
End Date: 30/11/2019

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Climate Action This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 689954 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 689954