Abstract: The preliminary aspects of a pilot experience in progress in a region in the North of Italy are presented in this paper. Recently the local Administration decided to test an innovative air pollution monitoring system integrated with the conventional one in order to study an approach suitable for obtaining additional data on human exposure to NO2, CO, and O3. Pollutants concentrations in urban areas depend on time, season, meteorology, but also on the vicinity of specific sources. Macro pollutants will be monitored in a few case-studies selected as significant for potentially high concentrations of these pollutants. Low cost sensors that act as sentinels will be used, providing an air pollution network able to detect peak concentrations, managed by an early warning system that can be used to develop a local strategy. A combination of peripheral high and low resolution sensors (acting as decentralized sub-networks) is aimed to optimize the areal control, characterizing the space and time variability of each micro-environment in the intra-urban context. After the optimization of the approach, an enlargement of the start-up network is expected to be supported also by private funds, to certify the compatibility of some private activity with the territory.
Bibliographic notes: International Symposium of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, 9th Edition & Italian-Brazilian Symposium of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, 11th Edition