Monitoring and forecasting of air quality over Europe is important for the health and well-being of citizens. Keeping air quality records, monitoring pollen concentrations, developing regional and local air quality forecasts, as well as urban and regional quality assessments will contribute to an improved quality of life for all.
The EU-funded MACC (Monitoring Atmospheric Composition and Climate) project is responsible for the development of pre-operational GMES atmosphere monitoring service.
It aims to provide data records on global atmospheric constituents, which are essential for monitoring climate (e.g. monitoring atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane, ozone and aerosols), air quality (forecasts and reanalyses of the air quality) and UV radiation (based on ozone and global aerosol data assimilation results).
There is one downstream project, Pasadoble. Within the timeframe of 2010–2013, this project aims to develop local and regional air quality services to improve information for the public and people at risk, for tourism and sports, to support the health services and to deliver policy-relevant data for local authorities and regional agencies.
Last update: 18 May 2011