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Real-time dissemination of air quality information using data streams and Web technologies: linking air quality to health risks in urban areas

Silvije Davila orcid id ; Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Zagreb, Croatia
Jadranka Pečar Ilić ; Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
Ivan Bešlić ; Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Zagreb, Croatia

Puni tekst: engleski pdf 2.067 Kb

str. 171-180

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This article presents a new, original application of modern information and communication technology to provide effective real-time dissemination of air quality information and related health risks to the general public. Our on-line subsystem for urban real-time air quality monitoring is a crucial component of a more comprehensive integrated information system, which has been developed by the Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health. It relies on a StreamInsight data stream management system and service-oriented architecture to process data streamed from seven monitoring stations across Zagreb. Parameters that are monitored include gases (NO, NO2, CO, O3, H2S, SO2, benzene, NH3), particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), and meteorological data (wind speed and direction, temperature and pressure). Streamed data are processed in real-time using complex continuous queries. They first go through automated validation, then hourly air quality index is calculated for every station, and a report sent to the Croatian Environment Agency. If the parameter values exceed the corresponding regulation limits for three consecutive hours, the web service generates an alert for population groups at risk. Coupled with the Common Air Quality Index model, our web application brings air pollution information closer to the general population and raises awareness about environmental and health issues. Soon we intend to expand the service to a mobile application that is being developed.

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air pollution; air quality index; monitoring; integrated information system; public health; web services

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