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Department of Spatial Planning
Research project

iSCAPE - Improving the Smart Control of Air Pollution in Europe

Project duration: 09/2016 to 08/2019

iSCAPE is a Horizon 2020 project within the EU research and innovation programme and started in September 2016. The project aims to integrate and advance the control of air quality and carbon emissions in European cities in the context of climate change through the development of sustainable and passive air pollution remediation strategies, policy interventions and behavioural change initiatives. For example, iSCAPE will include the development and assessment of a framework aimed at changing the mobility behaviour of people and improving urban green to directly reduce the exposure to air pollution. These strategies will be assessed and applied to Living Labs in Bologna, Bottrop, Dublin, Guildford, Hasselt und Vantaa and will be designed to achieve measures of reductions not only in air pollution exposure, but also in climate change impacts, air pollution emissions and associated costs. Furthermore, the project will deploy a network of air quality and meteorological sensors (both stationary and mobile) and evaluate the benefits expected and experienced from the interventions on a neighbourhood and city-wide scale. iSCAPE will support sustainable urban development by sharing results with policy-makers and planners, providing scientific evidence and ready-to-use solutions to improve city life for citizens.