Special sessions

We are pleased to announce that we are running a number of special sessions that you can participate in. Please use the tabs below to find out more about each one.

If you submit an abstract for any of these sessions, please select the topic "Special session..." from the dropdown list.

Air pollution and health

You are kindly invited to contribute to the special session on "Air pollution and health" with oral or poster presentations. Please select this topic, when submitting your abstract.

Chair: Prof. Jaakko Kukkonen, Finnish Meteorological Institute  
Co-Chair: Prof. Jorgen Brandt or Dr. Camilla Geels, Aarhus University, Denmark

Background and scope

The session will address the characteristics of air pollution that are relevant for health impact assessments, and the evaluation of the health impacts of air pollution. The first mentioned aspects include, e.g., the chemical composition of particular matter and studies on pollution sources that cause the impacts on human health.

The presentations can address effects for different target and population groups, and assess also the effects on the well-being and welfare of populations. The research can also be expected to result in policy options, proposing solutions to challenges on the public health and welfare.

The overall aims are:

- To further understand the link between air pollution levels, the chemical composition of the pollution and the related health effects, and
- To investigate and assess the effects of air pollution on the distribution of related health impacts, socio-economics and welfare.

List of topics included in this special session:

- Evaluation of the characteristics of air pollution that are relevant for the health impacts
- Air pollution with respect to chemical composition and pollution sources that can be used for evaluating the associated impacts on human health
- Assessments of the health impacts of air pollution
- The public health costs, socio-economical effects and welfare, associated with air pollution

Submission and review of abstracts

Abstracts should be submitted normally via the website system. Authors should indicate in their abstract that they wish to have their presentation considered as part of this special session. All abstracts are reviewed through the usual review process of the Conference.

Sensors, crowd sourcing and numerical simulations for urban air quality

You are kindly invited to contribute to the special session on "Sensors, crowd sourcing and numerical simulations for urban air quality" with oral or poster presentations. Please select topic "Special session - Sensors, Crowd Sourcing and Numerical Simulations for urban air quality " when submitting your abstract.

Chair: Klaus Schäfer
Co-Chair: Nicolas Moussiopoulos

Background/Scope:

New developments in sensor techniques and data operation enable personal air pollution exposure determination as well as new conclusions about sources of air pollutants and for emission reduction measures. People can buy air pollution sensors – this brings science into society.

Symposium objectives are the exchange of information in the field of smart air quality networks as well as to discuss the possibilities to provide spatially complete information about urban air quality by online emission monitoring and corresponding near-real time numerical simulations at the small scale. We are looking for new applications and research ideas.

List of topics included in this special session:

- Sensor development for air pollutants, bioaerosols/Pollen/Fungi, meteorological parameters
- Determination of personal sensing of air pollution and bioaerosols / Pollen / Fungi exposure: handling interferences (humidity), temperature influence, sensor positioning, data checking and transfer, data assimilation, application of Big Data / Internet of Things / Open Source algorithms
- Guidelines for new sensors and networks: operation, QA/QC procedures
- Integration of different measurement platforms (monitoring data from the ground, UAVs and satellites), methodologies and parameters for online emission monitoring and near-real time numerical simulations of air pollution and bioaerosols / Pollen / Fungi exposure of high temporal and spatial resolution
- Combined sensor based, complementary numerical simulations
- Data assimilation of air quality sensors in numerical simulations
- Validation and data assimilation of air quality sensors using numerical simulations
- Development of traffic management systems on the basis of information about personal air pollution exposure – measurements and numerical simulations: application of data assimilation algorithms
- Teaching people in sensor handling, air pollution and data application
- General acceptance of new high-resolution monitoring networks for air quality determination and prediction, environmental medicine and health protection

This session will be organised in cooperation with and based on several current or recently finalised international projects, e.g. SAQN (Smart Air Quality Network) and AIRTHINGS (Fostering resource efficiency and climate change resilience through community based Air Quality Internet of Things).

The session is open to all contributions related to the above mentioned topics. All submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed according to the normal procedures of the conference and selected papers will be encouraged for a publication in an international scientific journal (e.g. ATMENV, ACP or AAQR…) referring to this AQ2020 special session.

Special session: Air pollution in urban areas - science challenges and policy implications

When submitting your abstract, please select the topic "Special session - Air Pollution in Urban Areas - Science Challenges and Policy Implications”

Chairs: Professors Ranjeet S Sokhi, University of Hertfordshire, UK, and Alexander Baklanov, World Meteorological Organisation/Global Atmospheric Watch Programme

Coordinating Panel: Ranjeet S Sokhi (GURME), Vincent-Henri Peuch (APP SAG), Guy Brasseur (MAP AQ), Rajesh Kumar (MAP AQ) and Johaness Flemming (GAFIS), Alexander Baklanov (WMO/GAW Sectretariat)

Background and scope

With increasing urbanisation, exposure to outdoor air pollution is increasing in most cities across the globe. Air quality within urban areas is determined by complex interactions between emissions of air pollution from a large number of sources, urban and regional meteorology and chemistry, urban form and design as well as air pollution exchange with the surrounding areas though long range transport. Over the longer term, changes in climate will also affect air pollution concentrations within cities and towns.

This session will focus on the advances in our understanding of the sources, transport and transformations processes that operate on multiple scales and determine air quality and its impacts within the urban environment. How regional and global contributions influence urban air quality will also be an important aspect of the Session. As science advances, the implications for formulating new measures and policy development to reduce the impact of air pollution on human health will be key areas for discussion. The session will bring together air quality researchers, stakeholders and policy makers to address the latest advances to meet the above challenges. In particular, it will bring together activities of a large number projects and networks focusing on global air quality and meteorology across the globe.

Topics included in this special session are:

- Sources and transformations of air pollution affecting urban areas
- Measurement of air pollution – emerging techniques and field applications
- Modelling of air pollution on multiscales - local, regional and global contributions affecting air quality of cities
- Innovative systems to predict, forecast and control air pollution in global urban areas
- International applications of research and operational air quality forecasting systems
- Integrated assessment approaches for managing and reducing air pollution in towns and cities
- Role of urban features and processes that affect urban meteorology and air pollution
- Urban air quality policy modelling as a function of different urban features
- Influence of climate on future air pollution trends in global urban areas
- Implementation of new measures to curb air pollution in towns and cities
- Policy developments and solutions to improve urban air quality
- Interactions air pollution, meteorology and climate change

Submission and review of abstracts

Abstracts should be submitted via the Conference website system. Authors should select the special session from the list of topics when submitting their abstract. All abstracts will be reviewed through the usual review process of the conference.

Shipping and air quality

You are kindly invited to contribute to the special session on "Shipping and air quality" with oral or poster presentations. Please select this topic, when submitting your abstract.

Chair: Leonidas Ntziachristos, Aristotle University Thessaloniki  
Co-Chair: Volker Matthias, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht

Background and scope

Shipping emissions receive increasing attention in coastal areas and port cities. This is both because shipping activity is on the rise and also because stringent emissions control technologies for road vehicles seem to eventually deliver reductions. The session aims at collecting and presenting the latest evidence on shipping contributions to air pollution, especially in the light of the new global sulphur cap and NOx emission control areas in the EU.

The presentations can cover both maritime and inland navigation and their impacts. Studies both from the research, the relevant industry community and policy makers are welcome.

The overall aims are:

- To assess the current and future significance of maritime and inland shipping on air quality,
- To provide scientific evidence to policy makers for next steps in regulatory control.

List of topics included in this special session:

- Assessment of shipping emissions and their contribution to air quality in different scales
- Exposure assessment to shipping emissions vis-à-vis other sources
- Estimates on the effectiveness of latest regulatory initiatives
- Primary and secondary particulate matter from ships including particle numbers and black carbon
- The effectiveness of emission control options and fuels
- Shipping monitoring and emissions enforcement

Submission and review of abstracts

Abstracts should be submitted normally via the website system. Authors should indicate in their abstract that they wish to have their presentation considered as part of this special session. All abstracts are reviewed through the usual review process of the conference.

Special Session: Biomonitoring Air Quality

When submitting your abstract, please select topic "Special session - Biomonitoring Air Pollution Quality."

Chairs: Professors Stefano Loppi (University of Siena, Italy), and Mira Aničić Urošević (Institute of Physics, Belgrade, Serbia)

Coordinating Panel: Professors Marina Frontasyeva (Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Russia), Eiliv Steinnes (University of Life Sciences, Norway), Alexandra Ioannidou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece); Alexander Uzhinskiy (Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Russia)

Background and scope

Although air pollution has been recognized as the world’s top problem in many strategic environmental policies, it is still inadequately corroborated by regulatory monitoring due to the balance between costs and practicable constraints. The variability in air pollution patterns additionally emphasizes a need for feasible approaches to extensive screening of pollutants. To achieve highly resolved spatial measurements, biomonitoring, i.e., the use of living organisms to determine changes in the environment, has been often used as a complementary method to regulatory measurements.

This session will focus on the advances over the last decade in our understanding of the most recommended organisms for monitoring airborne inorganic, organic pollutants, as well as of radionuclides and microplastics. Naturally growing mosses and lichens have been used for passive biomonitoring of long-term atmospheric deposition of pollutants across remote areas. To overcome the lack or scarcity of these biomonitors in anthropogenic areas, an active biomonitoring approach has been adopted using transplants. Specifically, the use of moss and lichen transplants is a convenient and cost-effective technique monitoring short-term and small-scale patterns of pollutants, especially in urban and industrial areas. In addition, magnetic properties of the biomonitors have been investigated as a valuable proxy for ambient particle pollution. Lastly, biomonitoring proved to be suitable not only for assessing ambient air quality, but also for the evaluation of indoor air quality.

This session will be an attempt to promote biomonitoring as an effective approach for screening air quality, to be considered for implementation into laws and regulations aiming at improving air quality. The authors of presentations (oral and poster) will review the latest research in the field of air pollution biomonitoring, which is vital for everyone engaged in solving environmental issues.

Topics included in this special session are:

- Applications of biomonitoring research and operational air quality forecasting systems;

- Passive and active biomonitoring of atmospheric deposition of trace elements;

- Management of environmental monitoring data: the UNECE ICP Vegetation case

- Magnetic biomonitoring;

- Biomonitoring of microplastics;

- Biomonitoring and environmental forensics

- Biomonitoring and environmental justice

  • Applications of biomonitoring research and operational air quality forecasting systems;
  • Passive and active biomonitoring of atmospheric deposition of trace elements;
  • Management of environmental monitoring data: the UNECE ICP Vegetation case
  • Magnetic biomonitoring;
  • Biomonitoring of microplastics;
  • Biomonitoring and environmental forensics
  • Biomonitoring and environmental justice
  • Applications of biomonitoring research and operational air quality forecasting systems;
  • Passive and active biomonitoring of atmospheric deposition of trace elements;
  • Management of environmental monitoring data: the UNECE ICP Vegetation case
  • Magnetic biomonitoring;
  • Biomonitoring of microplastics;
  • Biomonitoring and environmental forensics
  • Biomonitoring and environmental justice
  • Applications of biomonitoring research and operational air quality forecasting systems;
  • Passive and active biomonitoring of atmospheric deposition of trace elements;
  • Management of environmental monitoring data: the UNECE ICP Vegetation case
  • Magnetic biomonitoring;
  • Biomonitoring of microplastics;
  • Biomonitoring and environmental forensics
  • Biomonitoring and environmental justice
  • Applications of biomonitoring research and operational air quality forecasting systems;
  • Passive and active biomonitoring of atmospheric deposition of trace elements;
  • Management of environmental monitoring data: the UNECE ICP Vegetation case
  • Magnetic biomonitoring;
  • Biomonitoring of microplastics;
  • Biomonitoring and environmental forensics
  • Biomonitoring and environmental justice
  • Applications of biomonitoring research and operational air quality forecasting systems;
  • Passive and active biomonitoring of atmospheric deposition of trace elements;
  • Management of environmental monitoring data: the UNECE ICP Vegetation case
  • Magnetic biomonitoring;
  • Biomonitoring of microplastics;
  • Biomonitoring and environmental forensics
  • Biomonitoring and environmental justice