The ultimate goal of SMURBS is to promote and coordinate the “smart‐city” approach into a European network of cities, serving the need for a common approach to enhance environmental and societal resilience to urban pollution, natural/manmade disasters and uncontrolled city growth, while at the same time setting the stage for integration of the still fragmented, multi‐scale and multi‐temporal Earth Observation (EO) resources, into information and decision making tools for individuals and local governments. SMURBS is coordinated by the National Observatory of Athens and include 19 partners from 12 countries. At the core of the proposed actions lies the creation and exploitation of a portfolio of Smart Urban Solutions, based on the full exploitation of Earth Observation (EO) products, towards increased societal resilience against air pollution (including health impacts and social inequalities), disasters (natural and manmade) and urban growth (including the migrant crisis). The activities include implementation and testing of “smart-city” solutions in a number of cities, both inside and outside Europe.

ACES will develop high resolution maps of air quality and a health index based on prognoses of PM10, NO2, ozone and pollen for Stockholm. Prognoses will be based on CAMS European wide dispersion calculations for non-local sources. Local sources based on high-resolution dispersion modelling using local emission inventories. Maps for the upcoming 4 days will be presented on the web for public use. The health index will be based on relative risks associated with exposures of the air pollutants and pollen, based on findings in epidemiological studies. The calculated concentrations of air pollutants will be validated by comparison with measurements and the usability of the prognose information will be evaluated in a panel study involving a group of asthmatics. The work will be done in close cooperation with SLB analys and Umeå university.

Contact information

Visiting addresses:

Geovetenskapens Hus,
Svante Arrhenius väg 8, Stockholm

Arrheniuslaboratoriet, Svante Arrhenius väg 16, Stockholm (Unit for Toxicological Chemistry)

Mailing address:
Department of Environmental Science
Stockholm University
106 91 Stockholm

Press enquiries should be directed to:

Stella Papadopoulou
Science Communicator
Phone +46 (0)8 674 70 11

Project Info

Project start: 2017

Funded by

ERA-PLANET (, trans-national project SMURBS ( (Grant Agreement n. 689443) under the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.

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