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Sustainable cities

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NILU contributes to the development of sustainable cities with our knowledge of how different sources contribute to air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

We carry out measurements and monitoring and offer innovative data services and advice to municipalities and businesses, usable in design of abating measures and regulations to achieve better air quality in urban development.

NILU’s services for sustainable cities

    • Smart sensors for measuring air quality, both indoors and outdoors
  • Digitized solutions and information about air quality
  • Knowledge of sources and emissions in urban areas
  • Action assessments and planning tools for new environmental solutions
  • Survey of air quality in urban areas
  • Involving and engaging people in urban planning (citizen science)
  • Data fusion, data assimilation and machine intelligence

Good air quality in Norwegian cities is important for people’s health and well-being. Increased urbanization can lead to more pollution in our cities, and more knowledge is needed on how to ensure sustainable urban development and good air quality.

Examples of assigmnents / projects

Innovativ administration of air and environment in Norwegian municipalities (iFLINK)

The iFLINK project shall facilitate for monitoring AQ at many different places at low costs. Scientists working in the project will develop and use new calibration and visualization methods based on machine learning and data fusion techniques to correct and improve data quality from the cheaper sensors. They shall also develop an open technology solution to obtain and quality secure data from different AQ sensors, so that municipalities and other users can obtain AQ data in satisfying quality.

Project period: 2019 – 2021


iResponse: Social Responsible Crowdsourcing for Environmental Research and Decision-Making (iResponse )

The iResponse project will develop and study social responsible ICT-based crowdsourcing tools for environmental research and decision-making processes based on citizen participation and engagement (crowdsourcing).

Project period: 2015 – 2018


Used tires in asphalt production – Feasibility Study (RubberRoad)

How should we best dispose of our used car tires? The RubberRoad project addresses the responsible use of tires, stimulating the production of asphalt with rubber content in Norway.

Project period: 2018 – 2018