Monaco’s Department of the Environment has embarked on the first phase of a project to map the quality of air in the principality. As part of the ‘Quality of Life – A High-Resolution Modelling and Mapping Platform for Air Quality in Monaco’ programme, 52 sensors have been installed throughout the territory for the period between 29th January and 26th February.
They are measuring the distribution of pollutants – including nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulphur dioxide (SO2) and hydrocarbons – throughout the month-long period in an effort to record the level of emissions during a winter month. The second phase will take place between mid-June and mid-July, allowing the government to estimate and assess annual concentrations of these pollutants in the region.
The hi-tech operation, which will take into account details such as the relief of buildings and their height as well as how this affects the distribution of air pollution, is being undertaken in partnership with Air PACA.