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Forecasts and observation of general and street-level conditions in European cities

Forecasts and observation of general and street-level conditions in European cities

Air quality information and forecasts, as well as warnings about the levels of pollutants such as nitrogen dioxides, ozone and particulate matter, will soon be made available in near real time.

The opportunities and prospects of environmental and health information services for citizens will be discussed by high-profile representatives, including the European Commission, the European Environment Agency and industry, as part of a public panel discussion at CeBIT 2012 in Hanover.We would therefore like to invite you to attend this event


Friday, March 9, 2012, 10:00 a.m.

CeBIT in motion, hall 11

Discussion forum


Clean air is a basic prerequisite for health and quality of life. In the future, the new online platform obsAIRve will help local authorities to inform their citizens about air quality in near real time via PC and mobile devices. For this purpose, the pilot service obsAIRve, funded by the European Commission, is processing air-quality data from the European Earth Observation Programme (GMES, Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) and from 6000 air monitoring stations of national environment agencies. Working in close cooperation with the environmental authorities of several countries (e.g., Environment Agency Austria, Airparif, DCMR - the Environmental Protection Agency of the Rotterdam area) and with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the obsAIRve consortium has developed a customizable air-quality information service for the public which will also include health-related advice. With the leading consortium manager GAF AG, T-Systems operates the online service on the Web and provides the obsAIRve App through Apple's AppStore.

Discussion moderated by Dr. Matthias Baron, GAF AG:


Prof. Dr. Bittner, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Earth Observation Center

Prof. Jacqueline McGlade, European Environment Agency (EEA)

Dr. Reinhard Schulte-Braucks, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry

Jerome Clave, Airparif, Ile-de-France

Dr. Ignacio Campino, Deutsche Telekom AG


As an additional highlight of the event, we will be presenting the obsAIRve ideas competition in which participants can submit communication concepts on air quality: In Paris, for example, Airparif used a hot-air balloon to raise public awareness of air quality. The balloon was illuminated in red, yellow or green, informing citizens and tourists of current air quality. Further campaigns may soon be available in other European cities - ideas are welcome and will be rewarded.

For more information about obsAIRve and the panel discussion, please contact Dr. Matthias Baron by calling +49 (89) 121528-0 or e-mailing him at obsairve [at] gaf [dot] de.

Sign up at to take part at the panel discussion. We look forward to seeing you.

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