HAI-YING LIU, DANIEL DUNEA, MIHAELA OPREA, TOM SAVU, STEFANIA IORDACHE IMPROVING THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AGAINST AIR POLLUTION THREATS IN ROMANIA – THE ROKIDAIR PROJECT APPROACH AND FUTURE PERSPECTIVES This paper presents the approach used to develop the information chain required to reach the objectives of the EEA Grants’ RokidAIR project in two Romanian cities i.e., Targoviste and Ploiesti. It describes the PM2.5 monitoring infrastructure and architecture to the web-based GIS platform, the early warning system and the decision support system, and finally, the linking of air pollution to health effects in children. In addition, it shows the analysis performance of the designed system to process the collected time series from various data sources using the benzene concentrations monitored in Ploiesti. Moreover, this paper suggests that biomarkers, mobile technologies, and Citizens’ Observatories are potential perspectives to improve data coverage by the provision of near-real-time air quality maps, and provide personal exposure and health assessment results, enabling the citizens’ engagement and behavioural change. This paper also addresses new fields in nature-based solutions to improve air quality, and studies on air pollution and its mental health effects in the urban areas of Romania.
Keywords: air pollution, benzene, descriptive statistics, health effects, decision support system, RokidAIR project