Air pollution directly affects the health and quality of life of human beings - on local, regional and global levels. Hundreds of thousands of premature deaths each year in Europe are caused by fine particles in the air. In addition air pollution is responsible for the formation of harmful trace gases like ozone (the so called summer smog) and can cause acid rain.
Monitoring and forecasting of air quality are essential for the prevention and avoidance of risks, as well as for the provision of warnings. Reliable air quality forecasts covering periods of up to 3 days are now possible by combining satellite based and in situ observation data using statistical computations and numerical models. "obsAIRve" will apply results obtained from Europe's superior air quality forecast systems. This will ensure one uniform European air quality service providing real-time and user-friendly data across Europe.