RI-URBANS: a project with the partecipation of CNR to improve air quality monitoring in Europe


RI-URBANS advanced service tools will improve air quality monitoring in European cities | Source: Pixabay
RI-URBANS advanced service tools will improve air quality monitoring in European cities | Source: Pixabay

CNR participates into the project through activities of two institutes IMAA and ISAC on the development of new profiling methodologies for urban  air investigation, on linking high quality RI measurements with models and more distributed observational techniques, implementing FAIR principles on urban observations, developing the pilot over Milan and surrounding area, and promoting and fostering the transfer of knowledge and technology to society, both public and the private sector, through engagment with local/regional authorities and regional environmental agencies.

The European Commission funded project, RI-URBANS, has been officially launched with the aim to provide advanced service tools from atmospheric research infrastructures to better assess the air quality in Europe. Coordinated by the Spanish Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA-CSIC) and the University of Helsinki (UHEL), and led by Xavier Querol (IDAEA-CSIC) and Tuukka Petäjä (UHEL), RI-URBANS brings together eleven cities and twenty-eight partners across Europe in its objective of implementing advanced air quality monitoring observations in cities and industrial hotspots.

“This is a golden opportunity to apply advanced air quality research to assess on the health effects of air pollution and on cost effective policies to reduce it, not only for the conventional air pollutants but also for non-regulated ones”, declared the researcher and RI-URBANS coordinator Xavier Querol.

To pursue its strategy, RI-URBANS (which stands for Research Infrastructures Services Reinforcing Air Quality Monitoring Capacities in European Urban & Industrial AreaS) will focus on ambient nanoparticles and atmospheric particulate matter, their sizes, constituents, source contributions, and gaseous precursors, evaluating novel air quality parameters, source contributions, and their associated health effects to demonstrate the European added value of implementing such service tools.

“The project brings together local air quality monitoring networks and European Research infrastructures on atmospheric composition (ACTRIS and IAGOS). This allows two-way interaction to develop and pilot novel service tools and harmonize data streams in real city environments with a pan-European coverage” underlined professor and RI-URBANS coordinator Tuukka Petäjä.

RI-URBANS, that receives EUR8 million from the EU, will also improve modelling and emission inventories for policy assessment and will implement five pilots in nine cities (Athens, Barcelona, Birmingham, Bucharest, Helsinki, Milano, Paris, Rotterdam-Amsterdam, Zurich) to demonstrate these solutions for advanced air quality monitoring systems and evaluation of human exposure.

For more information, visit the project website in CORDIS or follow @RI_URBANS on Twitter and LinkedIn social media accounts.

Per informazioni:
Lucia Mona
Cnr - Istituto di metodologie per l'analisi ambientale
Contrada Santa Loja snc, Zona Industriale, 85050 Tito Scalo (PZ)
Xavier Querol (
Tuukka Petäjä (
Alicia Arroyo (
Giulia Saponaro (

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