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Measuring pollution to improve air quality

EU-funded project has developed a system for monitoring European air quality


MACC-II, a project which received € 19 million in EU funding, has developed an advanced global air pollution monitoring system which assesses the quality of the air we breathe.

The service, currently in pre-operational stage, combines atmospheric modelling with Earth Observation data and provides information about the ozone layer, UV radiation, or the main greenhouse gases.

It also monitors the level of air pollutants and, in special cases, volcanic ash or gases emitted by major fires.

The MACC-II monitoring system could contribute to decreasing the number of deaths caused by air pollution, estimated at 3.3 million annually worldwide.

Video by Euronews / 19 November 2013

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