Workshop Cl-Air en EcoCities

Woensdag, 22 March, 2017 - 10:00

Universiteit Antwerpen en Universiteit Hasselt hebben de krachten gebundeld om 2 ambitieuze projectvoorstellen met maatschappelijke impact uit te werken voor een FWO-SBO aanvraag (grootteorde 2M€ per project). We vinden het belangrijk dat ons onderzoek zinvol is. Dat kan best als we van in het begin weten waar de pijnpunten liggen. Graag nodigen we u daarom uit op een workshop op 22 Maart in Antwerpen, zodat we samen het projectconcept verder kunnen uitwerken. Naargelang uw interesse kan u inschrijven voor één of beide projectvoorstellen.

 

Meer specifiek gaat het om volgende projectvoorstellen:

 

1. CL-AIR: een project over luchtkwaliteit in de stad.

Kort samengevat, willen we:

-       Luchtkwaliteit beter meten, vooral op stadsniveau, met vaste en mobiele sensor

-       Bronnen van luchtverontreiniging beter achterhalen

-       Praktische oplossingen voorstellen voor een properdere lucht: technologisch, groen, beleid, burgerinitiatieven

 

De promotor van CL-AIR is UAntwerpen (Prof. Roeland Samson (coördinator), Prof. Ronny Blust, Prof. Silvia Lenaerts, Prof. Steven Latré, Prof. Maarten Weyn, Prof. Els Du Bois). Partners zijn VITO (Dr. Martine Van Poppel, Dr. Stijn Janssen) en Universiteit Hasselt (Prof. Tim Nawrot, Prof. Karen Smeets).

Contact: jan.cools@uantwerpen.be; gsm: 0471/344436

 

 

2. EcoCities: Groengevels en Groendaken: hoe maken we ze zo duurzaam mogelijk in een veranderend klimaat?

Kort samengevat willen we conventionele en innovatieve inrichtingen van groendaken en groene wanden diepgaand evalueren naar hun potentieel om

-         stadsvervuiling te reduceren,

-         water management te optimaliseren

-         verkoeling te brengen tijdens hittegolven

-         waardevolle biodiversiteit te creëren

en dit op een duurzame en economisch verantwoorde manier

 

De promotor van EcoCities is UHasselt (Prof. Tom Artois (coördinator), Prof. Jaco Vangronsveld, Prof. François Rineau, Prof. Robert Malina, Prof. Sonja Schreurs). Partners zijn UAntwerpen (Prof. Ivan Janssens, Prof. Roeland Samson) en PXL (Dr. Alain De Vocht, Bea Toppet, Dr. Carmen Vanmechelen).

Contact: nele.weyens@uhasselt.be; gsm: 0496 04 32 20

 

Meer informatie omtrent de projecten vindt u in bijlage.

 

Praktisch:

Woensdag 22 Maart 2017

10u-12u: Discussie over concept van CL-AIR

12u-13u: Lunch (voorzien)

13u-15u: Discussie over concept van EcoCities

 

Locatie:

Universiteit Antwerpen, Campus Middelheim, Gebouw A, Lokaal A.133.

Middelheimlaan 1, 2020 Antwerpen

Meer info: https://www.uantwerpen.be/nl/campusleven/op-weg-naar-de-campus/campus-middelheim/

 

Bereikbaarheid met openbaar vervoer:

Vanuit Station Antwerpen-Berchem en station Antwerpen Centraal
Bus 21 (richting Neerland) tot halte Lindendreef in de Middelheimlaan en bus 32 (richting Edegem) tot in de Floraliënlaan.

 

CL-AIR

Towards Clean Air in Smart Cities:

Monitoring & Solutions for Particulate Matter

 

 

Problem statement

Air pollution is of increasing concern to citizens and local authorities in particular because of the adverse health effects. Lessons from ongoing initiatives show the need for 1) accessible high-resolution data on urban air quality, up to street level, 2) to better understand the health risk of citizens as a consequence of the exposure to air pollution and 3) to better understand the alternatives or solutions to reduce people’s exposure to air pollution. The air quality components for which the knowledge gap is most important, and on which the CL-AIR project will focus, are the finer fractions of particulate matter (PM) and the organic compounds, associated with PM, produced by incomplete combustion e.g. from firewood combustion.

 

Objectives

The CL-AIR project will develop high-resolution data, alternatives and solutions to reduce the people’s exposure to air-borne Particulate Matter, for a number of smart cities. Specific objectives are:

  • To achieve a better understanding of the spatial and temporal distribution of air-borne Particulate Matter at city scale through the combination a city-wide sensor network & air quality modelling;
  • To fill the missing link between air quality and human health, through the monitoring of the individual exposure to air pollution
  • To better allocate the sources of PM in urban context and co-identify solutions for the sectors that mostly contribute to the emission of PM;
  • To analyse the cost-effectiveness of solutions and the health gains that can be expected. Large categories of measures that will be analysed are ‘measures for domestic wood burning’, ‘mobility related solutions such as low emission zones’, ‘urban green’, ‘technological air purification solutions’ and ‘citizen actions’;
  • To effectively communicate and engage with citizens on air quality and which actions they can take.

 

 

Deliverables

  • Database with high spatial and temporal resolution of air quality data in cities
  • Fusion of air quality modelling with high-resolution monitored data
  • Database of individual exposure to air pollution through personal sensors
  • Analysis of the chemical composition and toxicity of particulate Matter 
  • Tool for city authorities to select measures to improve urban air quality, based on cost-effectiveness and health gains
  • Tool and approach to effectively co-create with citizens on air quality: use of data, behavioural change, actions to take

Work flow

Team

CL-AIR is a collaboration between UAntwerp (Roeland Samson (promotor), Jan Cools (coordinator), Silvia Lenaerts, Ronny Blust, Steven Latré, Maarten Weyn, Els du Bois), UHasselt (Tim Nawrot, Nele Weyens, Karen Smeets) and VITO (Martine Van Poppel, Stijn Janssen).

 

 

 

                                            EcoCities

                                                                              

Green roofs and walls as a source for

ecosystem services in future cities

 

EcoCities will develop and assess approaches for using green roofs and green walls to (i) reduce urban pollution, (ii) optimize element cycles, (iii) mitigate water and climate extremes, and (iv) enhance urban nature conservation and pollination. It will provide a sound evidence base for urban green (roof and wall) planning and implementation, exploring the potential for innovation in better linking environmental, social and economic ecosystem services.

Project objectives:

Working from a sound evidence base towards implementation, the project aims for:

  • an in-depth assessment of the contribution of different types of green roofs and walls (variation in growth substrate and plant species) to the most relevant urban ecosystem services related to air and water pollution, element cycles, water and climate extremes and biodiversity
  • an integrated valuation and scenario analyses of the provided ecosystem services
  • an environmentally, socially and economically-driven implementation of green roofs and walls

Working plan:

The highly multidisciplinary approach of our project, bringing together biologists, microbiologists, chemists, economists, city planners, as well as companies and governmental organizations, enables us to achieve our objectives through the following steps:

Expected impact:

By its multidisciplinary approach, EcoCities will provide a fully integrated assessment of different types of green roofs and walls that allows for an optimal planning and implementation of these urban green infrastructures. This enables for future proof, sustainable urban development.

Team:

EcoCities is a collaboration between UHasselt (Tom Artois (coordinator), Jaco Vangronsveld, Nele Weyens, Francois Rineau, Robert Malina, Sonja Schreurs), UAntwerpen (Ivan Janssens, Reinhart Ceulemans, Roeland Samson) and PXL (Alain De Vocht, Bea Toppet, Carmen Vanmechelen).

 

Locatie: 

Universiteit Antwerpen, Campus Middelheim, Gebouw A, Lokaal A.133.

Middelheimlaan 1, 2020 Antwerpen