Contribution of Emission Sources on the Air quality of the Port-cities in Greece and Italy (CESAPO)
Responsabile scientifico: Daniele Contini
The port areas are poles for many human and commercial activities. They are economic centres and transport hubs, that bring together different transport modes (sea, road transport etc) and also industrial activities. Ports can be seen as an opportunity for social and financial development. However, their potential should be exploited in a sustainable manner. The Mediterranean Sea represents one of the natural stages for many human, commercial and industrial activities. During the last decades, there has been an increasing urbanization pressure on the Mediterranean port-cities with impacts not only on their economic growth but also on their environment. The Mediterranean coastal densely populated and industrialised areas are often characterised by photochemical air pollution episodes due to anthropogenic emissions (road traffic, maritime transportation, industry) but also because of the prevailing physical and meteorological conditions allowing phenomena that enhance air pollution.
The general objective is to quantify the contribution of emission sources to the air pollution of the port cities, giving more emphasis on the maritime transport and the activities within the harbor and link the scientific outcomes with integrated proposed actions for sustainable urban development in the Mediterranean. The actions will favour and support the implementation of EU Directives and International laws. The project focuses on two important port-cities, namely Patra (Greece) and Brindisi (Italy).
Website of the project: www.cesapo.upatras.gr