On the maps, you can see the water quality for more than 22,000 bathing sites, the air quality for more than 2,000 monitoring stations throughout Europe as well as the noise levels of Europe’s largest cities.
Your contribution is greatly appreciated! Rate your very own feeling about air and water pollution and noise in your neighbourhood and share your thoughts with other citizens in social networks! Use the mobile application “Noise Meter” to assess the noise in your street and contribute to the platform.
Eye on Earth is a two-way communication platform on the environment which brings together scientific information with feedback and observations of millions of ordinary people. It is the result of a partnership between Microsoft and the European Environment Agency (EEA). Currently, it includes information on the water quality for more than 22.000 bathing sites throughout Europe. EyeOnEarth also includes information on air quality for more than 1000 air quality monitoring stations throughout Europe. Additionally, an air quality model enables viewing of the air pollution situation in between the air quality monitoring stations. For water sites, the portal presents historical data over several years and for some, the latest 2009 data is also available.
Over the five years of the planned Microsoft-EEA partnership, Eye on Earth will gradually grow to include information on many other environmental topics and turn into a global observatory for environmental change. It will broaden the thematic spectrum of environmental information by integrating the most prominent environmental challenges of our times, such as ground level ozone and other forms of air pollution, oil spills, biodiversity, and coastal erosion. At a later stage, it will also include additional information providers and link out to other automated environmental monitoring services.
Eye on Earth makes use of the technological innovations of Microsoft to combine environmental data with geospatial data through Microsoft\’s Bing Maps for enterprise and to enable the general public to contribute their knowledge with simple communication tools. The technology employed at this stage will evolve into a virtual implementation of an early detection system using satellite data in combination with in-situ data and helping to scale the information from global to local level. The reverse is also true. Local observations contributed by day-to-day users will be comparable with the global observations of environmental change.
This conclusion was drawn from the increasing evidence on the detrimental health impacts of noise and information reported to the European Environment Agency (EEA) in accordance with a Directive on Environmental Noise.
This is Directive 2002/49/EC relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise, otherwise known as the Environmental Noise Directive. This required countries to map the exposure to noise from road traffic, rail traffic, airports and industry in the most populated and busy parts of Europe. Only the first phase of this mapping has been completed to date, which means of course that the assessment of the impact on the health of Europeans is almost certainly an underestimation at the moment.
So, according to the official data, there is a problem with noise, but what is the opinion of the citizen; what do you think about the noise pollution where you live?
What kind of assessment is presented by NoiseWatch?NoiseWatch presents you with a rating of the noise environment in the largest of Europe’s cities. This is the European Environment Agency’s own simplified rating and is based upon the data reported in accordance with the Environmental Noise Directive. The purpose of the rating is to provide a starting point from which the citizen can formulate his or her own assessment of the noise environment in the same city.
The EEA rating is presented for each city in terms of four key noise sources: road traffic; rail traffic; aircraft; and industry. Then you, the citizen, have the chance to decide upon your own rating for each noise source in the city, even if it is different to the EEA rating.
The EEA rating is an average of the noise data delivered to it by countries and in many cases the countries derived this data by means of computer based models. In some instance this has been verified or backed up by actual measurements.
NoiseWatch allows the user to also become an acoustic scientist for just a moment by also allowing you to make your own measurements of noise wherever you are. Users of smart phones enabled with decibel measuring functions can make their personal measurement and then simply upload their data to NoiseWatch.
You may even download the EEA’s dedicated application for measuring noise directly to your phone.
The air quality data providers listed below are those providing monitoring stations that transmit data on recent in-situ measurements of surface concentrations of key air pollutants: see the help section for more information on such pollutants. Bathing water quality (BWQ) data are provided by the Member States of the European Union to the European Commission and the European Environment Agency. These data are shown as historical data. The data providers listed below contribute seasonal BWQ data: data that is generally the most recent. \ \
If you wish to become a data provider please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org