Air pollution from emitted by anthropogenic or/and natural sources constitutes a significant risk factor for a number of severe health conditions such as lung cancer and strokes. According to the 2014 WHO report, air pollution in 2012 caused the deaths of 7 million people worldwide. In Europe, air pollution is estimated to cause more than 300’000 premature deaths each year. The total annual economic cost of air pollution related health impacts is estimated to be in excess of US$ 1.5 trillion.
FLAIR contributes to a safer environment by providing detailed air quality data e.g. around industrial infrastructure, highways and ships or in case of catastrophic events like wildfires, volcanic eruption or chemical accidents.
The concept: A high-performance air sampling sensor based on cutting-edge photonic technology is mounted on an UAV (drone) for pervasive and large area coverage high-specificity and high-sensitivity (ppbv) air quality sensing.