PROtocol MOniToring for the GMES Service Element:Atmosphere
To deliver the Atmosphere GMES Service Element a sustainable and reliable operational service to support informed decisions on the atmospheric policy issues of stratospheric ozone depletion, surface UV exposure, air quality and climate change.
The GMES Service Element for Atmosphere PROMOTE delivers policy-relevant services on multiple atmospheric issues to end-users. With a large consortium of 20 institutes, including service providers and researchers, PROMOTE focuses on stratospheric ozone, surface ultraviolet radiation, air quality, greenhouse gases, and special services. PROMOTE services assist user organizations in the public sector in things such as their monitoring obligations and in their tasks to warn the public for air pollution episodes or enhanced levels of ultraviolet radiation. Currently about 50 such user organisations in 16 European countries have signed a Service Level Agreement with PROMOTE. With these services PROMOTE reaches out to 30 % (air quality) or even 60% (UV) of the population in EU25. International organizations like EEA and WMO are provided with information such as long-term satellite data on stratospheric ozone and up-to-date information, including forecasts, on the Antarctic ozone hole.
One of the biggest challenges of PROMOTE is to integrate existing ground based air quality networks with models and the newly available satellite measurements on air pollution in order to generate accurate daily information on air pollution levels over Europe. PROMOTE covers spatial scales from the ozone hole to polluted streets in London and temporal scales from climate and ozone trends across decades to hourly information on ultraviolet radiation levels on Mediterranean beaches.
The close interaction of providers and users in the project during the consolidation stage ensures high-quality services directly addressing users' needs.