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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7(5), 187; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi7050187

hackAIR: Towards Raising Awareness about Air Quality in Europe by Developing a Collective Online Platform

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DRAXIS Environmental S.A., Mitropoleos 62, 54623 Thessaloniki, Greece
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NILU-Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Instituttveien 18, 2007 Kjeller, Norway
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Information Technologies Institute—Centre for Research & Technology Hellas, 6th Km Charilaou-Thermi Road, 57001 Thermi, Greece
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Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Agiou Spiridonos 28, 12243 Egaleo, Greece
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Department of Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Vasilissis Sofias 12, 67100 Xanthi, Greece
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Received: 28 March 2018 / Revised: 24 April 2018 / Accepted: 7 May 2018 / Published: 12 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geoinformatics in Citizen Science)
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Although air pollution is one of the most significant environmental factors posing a threat to human health worldwide, air quality data are scarce or not easily accessible in most European countries. The current work aims to develop a centralized air quality data hub that enables citizens to contribute to air quality monitoring. In this work, data from official air quality monitoring stations are combined with air pollution estimates from sky-depicting photos and from low-cost sensing devices that citizens build on their own so that citizens receive improved information about the quality of the air they breathe. Additionally, a data fusion algorithm merges air quality information from various sources to provide information in areas where no air quality measurements exist. View Full-Text
Keywords: air quality estimation; air pollution; citizen science; sky images; social media; data fusion air quality estimation; air pollution; citizen science; sky images; social media; data fusion
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Kosmidis, E.; Syropoulou, P.; Tekes, S.; Schneider, P.; Spyromitros-Xioufis, E.; Riga, M.; Charitidis, P.; Moumtzidou, A.; Papadopoulos, S.; Vrochidis, S.; Kompatsiaris, I.; Stavrakas, I.; Hloupis, G.; Loukidis, A.; Kourtidis, K.; Georgoulias, A.K.; Alexandri, G. hackAIR: Towards Raising Awareness about Air Quality in Europe by Developing a Collective Online Platform. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7, 187.

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