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Monitoring System of the Development of Global Aviation

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State of the Art - Background

The results of the project CONSAVE 2050, successfully completed in 2005 under the EC Framework Pprogramme 5, have clearly identified the need for scenarios for the aviation community. CONSAVE 2050, addressing long-term aspects of air transport and elaborating on limited alternative futures was well received by air transport stakeholders, particularly for its efforts to quantify effects of different future developments. In this context, a wide variety of stakeholders declared the need for a one-stop solution for their data needs for strategic decision-making and modelling activities. It has been identified that existing data sources were of heterogeneous quality throughout the European Union, difficult to find or to access, and therefore seriously impeding the quality of forecasting and modelling of future air transport scenarios.

Responding to the declared needs of stakeholders for modelling, forecasting and scenario activities, project partners of AERONET and CONSAVE 2050, among others, developed the concept of the MONITOR project for developing a Monitoring System of the Development of Global Aviation that is able to address these issues and fulfill the requirements of the different aviation stakeholders.


The project's main objective is to install a network of reliable sources for a set of key data relevant for scenario and modelling activities and a monitoring system that supports the transportation and related environmental science community, the aviation industry and the policy and regulatory community. Once established, the Monitoring System of the Development of Global Aviation will foster an intensive analysis of new relevant developments for the future of aviation. The project, through intensive contacts to a broad range of experts and aviation organisations, and through the establishment of a Steering Committee of stakeholders, will contribute to a common European understanding of critical issues in aviation developments.

The main socio-economic objectives of the project are:

(i) To strengthen the European aeronautical industry by delivering sound information which can be used to develop in time strategic orientation of the short-, medium-, and long-term planning;

(ii) To improve the competitive position of European air transport stakeholders in the global market for air transport and related services and to support these stakeholders in their efforts to achieve sustainable growth in their particular business activities;

(ii) To ensure sustainable growth of air transportation in general with regard to environmental, social and economic issues, which are important to the overall development of social welfare for the societies in the Member States of the European Union.

Description of Work

The project is subdivided into five work packages (WPs):

- WP1: Installation of a network of sources for aviation monitoring;

- WP2: Data collection ;

- WP3: Analysing monitoring data;

- WP4: Dissemination strategy and process;

- WP5: Steering Committee activities;

- WP6: Project management and co-ordination.

Given these tasks, MONITOR covers the widest possible range of data including environmental, economic, social and technological areas. As well as this method of data collection, an important element of the project will be the development of workflows to harmonise data from different sources and to make this information available to interested stakeholders in a consistent data format. This approach is a unique feature of MONITOR, as the project shall serve as a service provider for all kinds of modelling activities and scenario development. In addition, a Steering Committee will be established to monitor this work and to discuss the results of the project during several meetings and on a stakeholder workshop. Another way to improve the different monitoring activities during the project will be the use of the AERO-MS model (Aviation Emissions and Evaluation of Reduction Options Modelling System) to validate data, conduct sensitivity analyses and to bridge gaps where data is not available or deemed as unreliable. The project is also expected to keep strong contact with other relevant groups (ACARE) and stakeholders not involved directly in the project activities but working on complementary projects in a similar direction. This guarantees fast reaction on new developments in the aviation sector which shall be analyzed as one important outcome of the project.

Expected Results

The expected results of the monitoring system installed by the project and continued after the pilot study will be a one-stop solution for a set of reliable data, meta-data and key features on air transport development. This constitutes the base for decision-making in aviation and regular qualitative and - as far as is possible and necessary - quantified information on new developments of key factors in air transport. The proposed strategy will allow for a periodic updating and possible modification of aviation scenarios, which has been required by stakeholders of the aviation community as an indispensable prerequisite for an effective use of the scenario technique for short-, medium-, and long-term planning. The set of data collected, analysed and effectively disseminated by the Monitoring System will include both internal information on air transport and information on factors and features of those key external fields setting the frame for aviation.

MONITOR – Project Structure
MONITOR – Project Structure