AIR TRITIA CONFERENCE PROGRAMME
Polluted air is one of the greatest challenges faced by the representatives of various regions in Europe. The harmful substances suspended in air are the cause of a number of negative effects on human health, at the same time generating rising social and economic costs. As country borders are no borders for polluted air, it is necessary to develop instruments, strategies, and procedures aiming to reduce the pollution on an international scale. As part of the AIR TRITIA project, we have selected particular solutions for the Czech-Polish-Slovak cross-border region, which has experienced serious air quality problems for a long time now. During the conference that we are organising, the participants will have a chance to become familiar with the results of the analysis of the problem, based on modelling and measurement monitoring. Moreover, we are going to present specific monitoring instruments along with those whose purpose is to prevent air pollution. The conference will focus on the causes of the problem as well as on the selected strategies and methods of solving the problem, which are considered efficient for the environment and human health, also from the socio-economic perspective.
It’s time for clean air!
Conference title: “AIR TRITIA – clean air in the heart of Europe“
I PART – OPENING ADDRESS
II PART – PRESENTATIONS ON THE AIR TRITIA PROJECT ACTIONS AND THEIR OUTCOMES
AIR TRITIA – the ideas behind the project – doc. Ing. Petr Jančík, Ph.D. – Head of the Department of Environmental Protection in Industry, VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava
The sources of pollution – industrial sources, local sources of energy, transport – RNDr. Jan Bitta, Ph.D. – Department of Environmental Protection in Industry, VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava
In order to describe the pollution emission and immission in a given region, it was necessary to analyse comprehensive and detailed qualitative data concerning all the existing anthropogenic sources of pollution in the three countries. Then, a standardised common database for the TRITIA region was developed. Erroneous data were corrected, whereas the correctness of the used data was assessed by experts from the three countries participating in the project. The methodology of calculating the pollution factors was also unified. The data was analysed retrospectively for the years 2006, 2010, and 2015, and prospectively for the following periods: 2020/25/30/35/2040. All the data connected with the emissions of air pollutants from road transport were based on the transport models developed by the University of Žilina.
Road transport – modelling and measuring – Ing. Dušan Jandačka, Ph.D. – The University of Žilina
The PTV Visum software was used to develop transport models for the territories of the countries and regions involved. Modelling was conducted in the TRITIA territory, based on the data on road networks available in GIS, and it was connected with air pollution monitoring, concentrating on pollution originating from road transport: PM10, PM2.5, and PM1.
The distribution of aerosol particulates in selected points of the Czech-Polish border area – Dr hab. Krystian Skubacz – The Central Mining Institute in Katowice
The presentation will analyse the results of the measurements of aerosol granularity distribution in the size range from several nanometres to 20 μm in the aera of the weather station in Racibórz as well as on the top and at the base of the closed mineshaft František in the village of Horní Suchá.
Air pollution modelling and AQMS – doc. Ing. Petr Jančík, Ph.D. – Head of the Department of Environmental Protection in Industry, VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava
As part of the project, a unique system was developed, whose purpose is to monitor the relationship between air pollution emission and immission as well as other relationships crucial for air quality management in the functional areas of the cities from various regions, including cross-border regions such as TRITIA. The system is based on a standardised database, mathematic models, and a user interface available at: https://aqms.vsb.cz.
The system for short-term predictions of suspended particulate matter concentration for the TRITIA region partner cities (PWS – Prediction Warning System) – Leszek Ośródka – Zakład Modelowania Zanieczyszczeń Powietrza [Air Pollution Modelling Institute] in Katowice / IMGW-PIB
The presentation will introduce the idea of short-term air quality predictions for the TRITIA partner cities. The subjects discussed in the presentation will cover prediction algorithms as well as the generation, distribution and result visualisation methods. The results of the prediction verification and verifiability will be presented along the options of its implementation in other areas.
Strategic air quality management for cities and regions – Doc. Ing. Lubor Hruška, Ph.D. – ACCENDO – Centre for Science and Research in Ostrava
The introduction to strategic air quality management at the regional and local level. The presentation of the differences in strategy development in particular territorial dimensions. The outlining and justification of the scope of the strategy (temporal and spatial). The legislative context of strategic management for local governments.
The cities participating in the project, actions taken and their results (5x10 min):
1) Rybnik: Clean air in Rybnik – Janusz Koper, Deputy Mayor of the City of Rybnik
2) Žilina: AIR TRITIA – cleaner air in Žilina – Mgr. Vladimír Randa, Deputy Mayor of the City of Žilina
3) Opole: The actions taken in Opole to improve air quality – Arkadiusz Wiśniewski – Mayor of the City of Opole
4) Ostrava: Air quality management in Ostrava – Ing.Bc. Vítězslav Dobeš, CSc., Head of the Department of Environmental Protection of the City of Ostrava
5) Opava: Air quality management in Opava – Ing. Albert Červeň, Department of Environmental Protection, City Council in Opava
13.30 – 14.00 End of the conference
The event is organized as part of the project "AIR TRITIA. Uniform Approach To The Air Pollution Management System For Functional Urban Areas In Tritia Region" (CE1101). Project is supported by Interreg Central Europe financed by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).