Development sprint 18: Monitor and Register

Tuesday, 8 April 2014
Foto: Erik Zachte

In March, AERIUS developers again made many preparations for Monitor 2014, aimed at its launch in June. The functional design has since been completed. In small-scale workshops, the AERIUS working group has worked on further detailing Register, thus enabling the developers to continue with their work.

Main subject of the workshops was the question of how Register could best support the permit issuing process. This resulted in practical wishes, such as that of being able to export data from a pdf file, to be attached to a decision. This would create a uniform way of underpinning decisions for all provinces. 

Workshop participants also paid attention to the procedure of reporting initiatives that would stay below the limit value of 1 mol/ha/yr. There appeared to be a fair number of policy-oriented and practical questions around their implementation. These questions have been directed to the appropriate decision-makers. 

Recurring theme is the transition from the current work method to the new permit issuing process. Under the Integrated Approach to Nitrogen (PAS), all users will ultimately work with the same system, which will standardise the related processes. Working with the concept of room for development presents challenges with respect to the timeframe within which applications must be processed, as well as for an application’s impact outside the province concerned, and for collaborations between provinces.   

Traffic and transport in the Calculator
In addition to Monitor and Register, developers this month also worked on the Calculator. Users in the traffic and transport sector are now able to manually enter a mobile piece of equipment that is not included in the database, such as a special type of excavator, to calculate the related emissions.

For road transport, the implementation of SRM2 has been started. This is the dispersion model for nitrogen emissions from traffic and transport as is also being used in the Dutch National air quality plan (Nationaal Samenwerkingsprogramma Luchtkwaliteit (NSL)). SRM2 will be the second calculation centre of AERIUS, in addition to OPS. This will ensure that AERIUS results are in keeping with NSL results, and means that AERIUS Calculator can also be used in the permit issuing process within the framework of the Dutch air quality regulation