FAIRMODE stands for Forum for Air quality Modeling.  It is an initiative to to bring together air quality modelers and users in order to promote and support the harmonized use of models by EU Europese unie Member States, with emphasis on model application under the European Air Quality Directives. The FAIRMODE community also discusses the potential use of sensor data in modeling.

Sensor discussions within the FAIRMODE community

"Low-cost" sensors are very relevant for FAIRMODE, especially concerning methodologies to combine sensor networks with modelled data and official measurements. There is a need to elaborate on the role of the FAIRMODE community in the development and use of sensors and help define what type of activities should be carried out to facilitate the use of sensor data for air quality mapping. The activities of this crosscutting task are closely related to this, i.e. discuss and understand the strengths and weaknesses of the different ways low-cost sensors can be used. This does not prevent FAIRMODE from providing indications on long-term need for guidance and explaining what the scope of such guidance would be. Present experiences suggest important roles for data fusion/assimilation approaches, and possibly other techniques with similar scopes. The focus points for this activity are:

  1. Exchanging potential concepts and best practices about the integration of sensor network data in air quality mapping methods
  2. Exploring how air quality modelling can contribute to the exploitation and validation of an air quality sensor network

General information on the work and topics for the upcoming years: FAIRMODE Roadmaps

Cross-cutting Topic 6, CT6-Low-cost sensors

Technical meeting Madrid, October, 2019, section "Sensors for data fusion"

Plenary meeting Berlin, February, 2020

Technical meeting, September, 2020, section "Low-cost sensors"

Plenary meeting March, 2021, see the CT6 presentations