The Ministry of EZ, Port of Rotterdam Authority and DCMR work together on air quality, using AERIUS

Friday, 20 December 2013
Today, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs (EZ), the Port of Rotterdam Authority and DCMR signed a collaboration agreement on the implementation of functionality on air quality in AERIUS. Expanding the current functionality for nitrogen deposition to also include the calculation of nitrogen oxide and particulate matter concentrations in the air is a logical step. In this way, the Port Authority and DCMR are shaping the envisaged location-specific environmental information management system (Milieu-informatie Managementsysteem (MIM)) for the air quality aspect.
Data on air quality, particularly on nitrogen oxide (NOx) concentrations, have already been included in AERIUS, but are not yet available for users. A functionality is being developed, in collaboration with the Port Authority and DCMR, in which these and complementary data form the basis for relevant information on NOx and particulate matter (PM10) concentrations in air.  
MIM Air will become the calculation tool for calculating air quality and deposition for the Rijnmond area. The tool is intended to facilitate two main management processes of the Port Authority and DCMR. The first relates to the management and use of data relevant, for example, for air quality scenario studies and area analyses. The second is that of the allocation of specific areas by the Port Authority and the issuing of permits by DCMR. Ultimately, MIM Air will facilitate the monitoring and issuing of the available room for development. 
Utilise synergy
In view of the large similarities in desired functionalities and preconditions, collaboration between AERIUS and MIM is a logical development. With its OPS calculation centre, for example, AERIUS already uses state-of-the-art scientific insights to model nitrogen dispersion. AERIUS has a wide support base, is embedded in legislation as a calculation tool, and is used in the permit issuing process. Process agreements on data are being drafted between AERIUS and generally accepted parties, such as the Pollution Release and Transfer Register (PRTR). In addition, the possibilities of AERIUS to work with local data in relation to national data are essential to a location-specific tool such as the MIM.
Over the course of 2014, a first demo version of the new functionality will become available. In addition to air quality, other developments of AERIUS will be jointly taken on – one of which being the realisation of AERIUS Scenario.