Fighting air pollution: Shanghai looks to Norway
With approximately 18 million inhabitants, and a rapid growth in both population, industry and the number of cars, authorities in Chinese megacity Shanghai are concerned about health-effects from air pollution.
Shanghai Meteorological Bureau works with weather, climate, and air- and water-quality. In the quest for the best possible environmental solutions, senior officials and scientists from the Bureau set out on a tour to learn from countries in Western Europe.
At the Norwegian Institute of Air Research, located just outside Norways capital Oslo, the delegation was given a thorough insight into the institute´s research, services and high tech-instruments that deal with fighting air-pollution in cities.
Special attention was given to the subjects:
- Monitoring and predicting air quality
- Air Quality management systems
- Health affects from air pollution
- Air Quality data dissemination to the public
- NILUs experience from projects in China:
- Development of action plan against air pollution for Guangzhou 1996-2000
- Setting up a monitoring and warning system for Yantai (1996-2000)
- Development of Master-plan for work agianst air-pollution in the province of Shanxi 2001-2005
- Installation of AirQuis in Taiyuan, Datong, Yangquan 2001 2005
- Instalment of a central data base for air pollution in Beijing.
Senior scientist at NILU, Frode Stordal, summed up the meeting in this way:
There is no doubt that there is great scientific potential in a co-operation between the two parties. As always the main challenge is the funding, but there are several ways this can be resolved, said an optimistic Stordal.