EAS supports several projects in the field of aerobiology such as EAN, COST Adopt action or Autopollen.
EAN – European Aeroallergen Network
The European Aeroallergen Network Pollen Database is used to gather information of more than 600 pollen counting stations all over Europe. This data is used by scientists (mostly aerobiologists) in Europe to create statistics and calculate trends of the pollen distribution.
This website is mainly used by scientists for exchanging data. Therefore most of the pages will be for registered users with a valid password only.
As a downstream-service, some of the data is made available for various organisations to create dispersion- and forecast models.
The data is owned by the participants and is only available under specific agreements. A list of contact persons can be found on the country pages of www.polleninfo.org .
For the public, data is available as graphics on www.polleninfo.org , under “Flow Charts”. For allergic subjects, there is an additional service: the personal pollen diary .
COST Adopt action
The last five to ten years a range of new detection techniques have become available for aerobiologists. The techniques can enable a number of scientific breakthroughs in the general understanding of bioaerosols and how they interact with the environment.
ADOPT will establish an interdisciplinary network of experts currently involved in the detection of bioaerosols using both existing methods, mainly microscopy, as well as upcoming technologies such as real or near real-time technologies from atmospheric chemistry& physics or eDNA methods used in molecular biology. A main objective is to critically address the barriers that limits the penetration of new methods in detection of bioaerosols. The cost action will stimulate both research and technological development, e.g. by developing approaches for integration of multiple methods for detecting bioaerosols and how to handle data using numerical approaches in a big data environment by using fungal spores and pollen as examples.
ADOPT is funded by COST within Horizon2020 over a four year period during 2019-2023 and with a total budget around 700,000Euro. ADOPT involves more than 100 scientists from 39 countries.
EUMETNET AutoPollen Programme 2018-2022
The EUMETNET AutoPollen Programme aims to develop and establish a European automatic pollen monitoring network. The integration of developing and planned projects as well as defining the new standards for novel methods will serve to demonstrate the feasibility of a European network.
The AutoPollen programme seeks to take full advantage of the large potential for progress that new automatic pollen observations provide and to do so it brings together a consortium from across Europe with the multidisciplinary expertise needed to address the challenges along the entire information chain – from the actual observation through to the final end-user defined product.
EAS has been involved in the AutoPollen programme from the very beginning. This means that EAS members have access not only to timely information but also provides many possibilities for the sharing of expertise and collaboration opportunities.
Find more information about the AutoPollen Programme here:
And to get more involved in the Programme’s different working groups please contact: fiona.tummon(at)meteoswiss.ch (scientific coordinator) or bernard.clot(at)meteoswiss.ch (programme manager).
EUMETNET is a grouping of 31 European National Meteorological Services that provides a framework to organise co-operative programmes between its members in the various fields of basic meteorological activities. These activities include observing systems, data processing, basic forecasting products, research and development and training.