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Abstract Number: 2026 | ID: 2015-2026

Towards A System Of Citizen-Based Environmental Health Governance: The Citi-Sense Project Main Study

Tom Cole-Hunter - Centre For Research In Environmental Epidemiology; David Donaire - Centre For Research In Environmental Epidemiology; Tania Martínez - Centre For Research In Environmental Epidemiology; Leonardo Santiago - Ateknea; The Citi-Sense Consortium - Http://Www.Citi-Sense.Eu/Project/Consortium.Aspx; Hans Keune - Research Institute For Nature And Forest; Fintan Hurley - Institute Of Occupational Medicine; Hai-Ying Liu - Norwegian Institute For Air Research; Alena Bartonova - Norwegian Institute For Air Research; Mark Nieuwenhuijsen - Centre For Research In Environmental Epidemiology;
Introduction: The CITI-SENSE project (EU FP7-ENV-2012) aims to create location-based Citizens' Observatories (COs) for engaging citizens, authorities and policy-makers (as stakeholders) and empower them to address contemporary urban environmental health issues, such as air pollution, noise and thermal comfort. The project, started in September 2012, is based in Barcelona, Belgrade, Edinburgh, Haifa, Ljubljana, Oslo, Ostrava, Vienna, and Vitoria-Gasteiz. These cities have started to pilot environmental sensor-enabled, health-relevant information systems in schools and public spaces. Methods & Results/products: After a limited pilot study, the main study in 2015 is increasing the quantity and quality of environmental sensor nodes deployed with different stakeholders. Data collected from these nodes contribute to value-added services such as time-activity exposure profiles and location-wide air quality maps. The former are created with personal sensor packs (PSPs) monitoring air quality and the CitySense smartphone appl collecting geolocation and accelerometry data. The PSP automatically and wirelessly transmits encrypted data to the smartphone via Bluetooth technology, which is then relayed to the project's dedicated Web Feature Service via GSM for processing and private access. The city-wide models of air quality, using data from static sensor nodes and de-identified PSPs, will be produced based upon dynamic land-use regression and data fusion techniques. These maps will be available to the public online and used by the CitySense app for exposure profiling of individuals without a PSP. Participatory evaluation will gather qualitative data on the participatory process with stakeholders to assess the feasibility and longevity of COs. Discussion: CITI-SENSE will contribute towards the development of COs for empowering citizens and facilitating environmental health governance with stakeholders to mitigate environmental quality breaches negatively affecting health and wellbeing.