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Abstract Number: 2032 | ID: 2015-2032

Evaluation Of The Citi-Sense Project Pilot Studies: Lessons Learned From The Empowerment Initiatives Of Eight International Cities

Tom Cole-Hunter - Centre For Research In Environmental Epidemiology; Tania Martínez - Centre For Research In Environmental Epidemiology; Jonatan Moreno - Iritziak Batuz; 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: We present the pilot outcomes of the location-based Empowerment Initiatives (EIs) within the four-year CITI-SENSE collaborative project, partly funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration (EU FP7-ENV-2012). Methods: The pilot study saw a limited number of personal (mobile) and public (static) sensor nodes for air pollution and noise, strategically deployed at eight different international cities (Barcelona, Belgrade, Edinburgh, Haifa, Ljubljana, Oslo, Ostrava, Vienna) to evaluate novel sensor network technology and initiate stakeholder engagement. Results: The limited number of nodes meant limitations in extent of engagement and testing opportunities. For one, only the lead location (Barcelona) was able to handle and test the mobile nodes. For two, the quality of data coming from either type of node was not considered mature enough for public dissemination (except with personnel of local air quality monitoring stations where nodes were co-located to obtain reference values). Despite these limitations, sensor-enabled information showed potential for personal and public exposure assessment, particularly with patterns of spatial and temporal variability. Besides quantitative data, qualitative data from user experience surveys administered with convenience samples in Barcelona showed that the technology can be interesting and practical to stakeholders. Local authorities, however, have been hesitant to become involved with the project due to the potential of EIs increasing public pressure to address complicated environmental issues such as deteriorating air quality. Discussion: EIs were piloted across the cities in an effort to refine the main study protocol deployment commencing later in 2015. Issues identified, such as sensor limitations and stakeholder sensitivities, should be addressed before this time to maximise impact and likelihood of EI longevity as Citizens' Observatories.