European scale projects
From COST to PROMOTE to Kopernikus?
In Europe, the COST action which shall prepare multidisciplinary approach to the problem of forecasting hourly pollen concentrations all over Europe, is in continuation. Gaps of knowledge have been defined; strategies to overcome temporarily missing information are in preparation. As a follow-up, the COST Action has emerged to an ESA project PROMOTE, PROtocol MOniToring for the GMES Service Element. This is a large EC-Downstream service project named “Kopernikus”(formerly GMES -Global Monitoring for Environment and Security).
Contact person for all these activities is Mikhail Sofiev mikhail.sofiev(at)fmi.fi
Determination of threshold levels
A patient’s hayfewer diary has been developed which will be available in the web with 1st of January 2009. It combines patient’s symptoms and local pollen counts. For the patient and his allergist, it shall be a help for diagnosis and monitoring therapeutic effects, for aerobiology it shall help determiningregional thresholds for various pollen and spore types. The program is part of the COST ES603 action.
Contact person is Uwe Berger firstname.lastname@example.org
On http://phd.polleninfo.org/en is already a test version in English. Those who want to use it for their own country and get access to the data should contact Uwe Berger for information about translation options.
Forecasting System for Cedar Pollen
Dynamic on-line forecasting system for cedar pollen in Kanto, Japan (http://www.kafun-info.jp/). A meteorological forecast model is being fed with emission data coming from a model and observations, for the provision of pollen concentration levels. Information is being made available via the web, while in the first years of operation, wap access was also being tested and used (Delaunay et al., 2002)
A.S.T.M.A. project (ENV4-CT98-0755)
A.S.T.M.A. project (ENV4-CT98-0755), developed between 1998 and 2001, provided forecast information on allergy risk regarding 4 aeroallergens (Cupressaceae, Olea, Poaceae and Parietaria) in 4 regions: Nice (France), Emilia Romagna (Italy) and Andalucía and Catalonia (Spain). (http://www.enviport.com)
Atmospheric concentrations of allergenic pollen in Europe
A project of the Finnish Academy of Sciences, that run from 2005, and developed an integrated modelling system for simulating and forecasting in time the pollen emissions and transport on an European scale. The results for birch pollen are now available via the internet (http://pollen.fmi.fi/pics/index_2008.html)
The Allergie radar application for the Netherlands, that allows citizens to post their ranking concerning the symptoms of allergy that they are experienced at a specific location (http://www.allergieradar.nl/)
EnviObserver project (https://knowledge.vtt.fi/eo/), that allows users to report on various pollen taxa that they have spotted, plus report on symptoms and share all these information with the aid of a web-based, google-maps oriented information platform.
Impact of micrometeorological factors on birch pollen emission
The project MicroPoem, a collaboration of MeteoSwiss and the Institute of Meteorology, Climatology and Remote Sensing (MRC Lab), University of Basel, aims at the investigation of the impact of micrometeorological factors on birch pollen emission. A second objective is the determination of pollen emission parameters, which will be implemented in pollen forecast models.
Ragweed distribution, invasion possibilities in Lithuania and pollen dispersion in the air (AMBROSIA)