Welcome to our information centre. This part of the website will guide through all the information generated by the Joaquin-project. There are 3 basic ways of getting to know the project: you can navigate the project and its results both by topic and chronologically on a timeline, or watch the introductory Joaquin movie. For a quick overview of our findings, we have created a joint statements document. Please click either of the buttons below.
The project translated the science of new and emerging health relevant pollutants (UFP, EC) into practice. We obtained data and information on the current local and regional situations and improved the collective understanding of air pollution and its impact on citizens’ health. This resulted in truly health relevant information that is crucial to increase the capacity of air quality experts, authorities and public health professionals in order to facilitate and provide the motivation for better air quality policies. For your convenience we have created several general reports with our scientific findings on ultrafine particles (UFP) in NW Europe, the chemical composition of particulate matter across NW Europe and a case study on the genotoxic effects of particulate matter. To view current air pollution levels in NW Europe, please access our air pollution observatory.
In addition the project also helped decision makers to find specific solutions by identifying, piloting and evaluating the most efficient and cost-effective measures to reduce exposure to health relevant pollutants. This ultimately led to a ranking of measures which enables decision makers at various levels to adapt their current policies and/or action plans. This ranking can be found in our Decision Support Tool or DST. This sections provides highly valuable reports on the creation of the support tool and best practices regarding the implementation of air quality measures in our pilot projects. Furthermore you'll find reports on the transnational distribution of air pollutants, a model intercomparison and an evaluation of measure scenarios. Finally, we also offers several reports on the effectiveness of filtration systems to reduce exposure in houses, schools and vehicles.
The project developed a support base for policy changes by involving an extended stakeholder consultation process during the lifetime of the project and by raising the awareness of the general public on the health effects of air pollution. This resulted in an improved relationship between the involved policy levels, stakeholder groups and the general public on the necessity of health relevant policies and clean air in day-to-day life. The most important outputs in this element of the project have been a "Cleaner Air, Better Health"-message for the general public, working with sensitive groups, developing an educational package and an online game. Finally a report has been drafted evaluating our best practices in this field by providing an overview of the meetings we organised and information on adapted policy.
Experts on air quality tell us about the current situation regarding air pollution, its health effects, possible measures and the need for international partnerhips such as the Joaquin-project.