Implementation of a low-cost ambient air quality monitoring micro sensors for population awareness and to support civil protection.
Myriam Lopes
Johnny Reis, Maria de Fátima Alves
Project type
Projet OHM
Biochimie, Chimie, Sciences de gestion, Santé publique
Emissions of air pollutants and consequent air pollution cause a variety of adverse impacts on human health, crops damage, losses of biodiversity, acidification of soils and surface waters, including impacts on buildings and cultural heritage.
Despite significant emissions decrease and air quality improvement in Europe and Portugal over the last decade, ozone (O3) and particulate matter (PM) atmospheric levels still exceeding EU standards.
Nowadays, environmental monitoring is based on fixed measurement stations containing sophisticated analytical equipment to achieve a high data quality. Due to the high cost of investment and maintenance, only a limited number of pollutants (e.g. CO, NOx, SO2, O3, PM10, PM2.5) are monitored at quite few locations.
The fundamental information available on air quality does not meet the needs of citizens or the requirements of advanced environmental information services, city infrastructure supervision or civil protection management and emergency systems. Emerging low-cost sensor technologies can change this paradigm allowing pollution monitoring with high spatial-temporal resolution available at every person´s fingertips. Environmental information from stationary and mobile sensor networks could be integrated and make available to the public, supported by new Information and communication Technologies. The availability of micro sensor data promotes a fruitful background for the development of new information services addressing personalized citizen needs, as well, as urban planning and management and, decision making requirements.
The main objective of this project is to evaluate the use of reliable air quality micro sensors and to contribute towards decision-making and civil protection support, based on big data approach.


Myriam Lopes
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Myriam Lopes
Myriam Lopes is a Assistant Professor at the Department of Environment and Planning of the University of Aveiro and integrated researcher in CESAM. She holds a PhD in Applied Environmental Sciences by the University of Aveiro, a MSc in “Air Pollution" and a BEng (5yr) in Environmental Engineering. Main competences in Environmental Assessment and Management, Air Pollution and Climate Change science and policy, urban metabolism and urban sustainability. She participate in 17 national research projects and 10 international projects founded by European Union. She coordinated 2 national research projects (BIOGAIR and INSPIRAR) and is currently the national coordinated of ClairCity (Citizen-led air pollution reduction in cities) a H2020 project. Author and co-author of 29 WoS papers, 7 books, 14 chapters, and 115 papers in proceedings. Her publications are related with air quality assessment and its impact on human health, namely some studies developed in the region of Estarreja, related with INSPIRAR (Air Quality, Exposure and Human Health in Urban Industrialized Areas) project which had as study area Estarreja. She has supervised or co-supervised 1 PhD Thesis and more than 40 MSc Thesis. Has also worked in the interface between the university and the society in domains related to environmental and health impact assessment producing more than 35 technical reports. Expert of Portuguese Environmental Agency, the Ministry of Science and High Education or the National Directorate of Health. Integrated the group of experts for the Portuguese Agenda of I&I for Circular Economy. Since 2005 she is member of PACOPAR.


Johnny Reis has a BSc in Environmental Engineering, actually is a researcher fellow at the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), in Department of Environment and Planning, University of Aveiro. He is member of the University of Aveiro team in several projects related with climate changes (PIAAC Viseu – Dão –Lafões and PMAAC Ílhavo).
Currently is enrolled in the PhD Programme in Territory, Risks and Public Policies lead by the University of Aveiro, Coimbra and Lisbon.
He has 10 years' professional experience in environmental monitoring companies and is responsible for coordinating environmental impact studies, environmental measurements and risk assessments. He is specialized in hazardous materials and specialist firefighter of dangerous substances. He is professor of technological risks in ISCIA (Higher Institute of Information Sciences and Administration), in the Course of Civil Protection (BSc).
Johnny Reis has a deep technical knowledge of the Estarreja...
Maria de Fátima
Fátima Lopes Alves has a PhD in Sciences Applied to the Environment (University of Aveiro). She is professor in the Department of Environment and Planning and researcher at the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM). With more than 25 years of professional experience, her main fields of expertise are Integrated Coastal and Marine Planning and Management, Spatial Planning of Protected Areas, Strategic Planning, AIA/ SEA. She is participating/has participated in national (FCT; EEA Grants) and international research projects on ICZM, MSP and Environment and Socioeconomic Assessment. Some of these projects are TPEA: Transboundary Planning in the European Atlantic (DG MARE), AQUACROSS: Knowledge, Assessment, and Management for Aquatic Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services across EU policies (H2020), LAGOONS: Integrated water resources and coastal zone management in European lagoons in the context of climate change (FP7), and SPRES: Oil Spill Prevention and Response (INTERREG...