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15.02.2017 | ACCESS! - project has started

How mobility systems in the future will look like is the main question that the NRW-Project ACCESS! will address in an interdisciplinary cooperation with eleven research groups of RWTH Aachen University.
The concepts and tools developed in the project will be tested within two practical projects, representing a rural area – Kreis Heinsberg- as well as an urban space – MetropoleRuhr.

Our sub-project will investigate how future mobility systems might impact the amounts and types of contaminants, and if there are practical options to reduce negative effects.
One way to manage rising pollutant emissions is by using urban vegetation such as parks, gardens and roadside greenery. These can play an important role in air quality regarding gaseous and particle-bound pollutants. To investigate the role of urban green areas in altering the mass flows of traffic-related gaseous and particulate pollutants we will focus on organic “marker” pollutants (e.g. PAH). Deposition samples will be collected and surface run-off investigated using passive sampling, to determine the concentrations and distribution of the marker contaminants.
Determining the pollutant mass flows in different situations (e.g. heavy vs. light traffic) and in relation to the types and size of green areas (e.g. urban vs. rural), inferences can be made as the possible impacts of mobility systems in the future and how these might be made more sustainable.

Further infomation here.