On Tuesday 18 March 2014, Dr. E. Diapouli (NCSRD) gave a presentation in Café Scientifique, with the aim to disseminate AIRUSE project objectives and expected outcome.
Café Scientifique is an initiative for the communication of science to the general public and takes place once every month at a coffee shop in Athens (http://www.cafescientifique.org/).
Dr. Diapouli discussed on the air pollution situation in Athens and in the Southern European cities in general. She mentioned the special conditions present in Southern Europe, such as the warm and dry climate, the frequent Sahara dust transport events, and highlighted the importance of developing control measures specifically designed for this region. Dr. Diapouli also discussed on the methodological approaches used to assess air quality and to identify the most relevant air pollution sources in order to apply effective mitigation policies.
The presentation was followed by a live discussion where a number of interesting issues arose, such as: population exposure to air pollutants and health risks, effect of meteorology on air pollution levels, evolution of source contributions over the years due to technological advances, socio-economic changes, etc.