DIAPASON will implement and demonstrate an innovative instrument/methodology aiming at becoming one of the standards considered by the European air quality legislation. This result will be ensured by the primary role of a Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB) - appointed right after the project beginning - including AQ policy decision makers/ environmental organizations based in any EU Member State and experienced with work on urban air-quality. In particular, representatives from the DG-ENV Ambient Air Quality Committee will be included within the first year of the project. The SAB will provide DIAPASON with the feedbacks from all the project stakeholders necessary to generate an effective system to be disseminated at many EU levels (including the EU air quality legislative level).
Starting from the BASELINE-dddM, DIAPASON will implement and demonstrate a desert dust detection Methodology to:
1) provide a "snapshot" of the dust plumes vertical extent and evolution,
2) minimize the number of parameters to be employed in inferring the occurrence of Saharan dust episodes,
3) allow a size-resolved assessment of the impact of the dust events on PM levels.
In particular the Project will:
- Design and develop a new affordable Polarization Lidar-Ceilometer (PLC) capable of monitoring and profiling dust plumes in the atmosphere.
- Implement, in the Rome region (central Italy), the EC 2010 Guidelines (“Guidance on the quantification of the contribution of natural sources under the EU Air Quality Directive 2008/50/EC”). The EC Guidelines will represent the BASELINE desert dust detection Methodology (dddM) throughout the Project.
- Set up three pilot stations in the Rome area equipped with routine PM air-quality monitoring (PM10, PM2.5), plus PLC prototypes and optical particle counters (OPC).
- Perform a year-round period of measurements at the three pilot stations providing relevant logbooks and databases;
- Based on the outcomes of the measuring activities, outline, test and define the DIAPASON- ddd Methodology.
- Test the performances of the DIAPASON-dddM at an operational level.
- Produce the DIAPASON-ddd Methodology Final Design and Guidelines.
- Provide a statistically significant comparison between the BASELINE-dddM and the DIAPASON-dddM results in terms of desert dust events detection and impact on PM levels.
- Set up the DIAPASON website and other dissemination activities in order to provide continuous access to the general information of the Project activities, progress and results.
- Networking with other projects, institutions and key persons that can support the DIAPASON Project, even after its conclusion, in order to build strong connections both at national (Italy, Germany) and EU levels.
- Provide a Layman Report and On-site panels to inform non-specialist audience about the Project’s background and main results.
- Describe, in a ‘After-LIFE+ Communication Plan’, the transferable Project's results, and the strategy for continuing their dissemination to specific target groups.
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