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The Project

The project



CITI-SENSE will develop “citizens’ observatories” to empower citizens to contribute to and participate in environmental governance, to enable them to support and influence community and societal priorities and associated decision making. CITI-SENSE will develop, test, demonstrate and validate  a community-based environmental monitoring and information system using innovative and novel Earth Observation applications.

To achieve this, the project will: (i) raise environmental awareness in citizens, (ii) raise user participation in societal environmental decisions and (iii) provide feedback on the impact that citizens had in decisions. It will address the call’s request for effective participation by citizens in environmental stewardship, based on broad stakeholder and user involvement in support of both community and policy priorities. The project aims to learn from citizen experience and perception and enable citizenship co-participation in community decision making and co-operative planning.


The concept of CITI-SENSE rests on three pillars: technological platforms for distributed monitoring; information and communication technologies; and societal involvement. Three pilot case studies will focus on a range of services related to environmental issues of societal concern: combined environmental exposure and health associated with air quality; noise and development of public spaces, and indoor air at schools. Attention will be given to representativeness of citizen participation. The case studies will be designed in collaboration with citizens’ groups and decision makers. They will be based on distributed data collection using innovative static, portable and personal devices (low-cost reliable microsensor packs) that communicate with a data repositories through mobile phones or other devices. Development of participatory methods, data management strategies, and applications to facilitate exploitation of the data and information for policy, and society, will be done.

Structure and Test Cities


CITI-SENSE started in October 2012 and lasts four years.

For detail information, including News, Events, Newsletters, Deliverables, please visit CITI-SENE project website

The Consortium

The CITI-SENSE Consortium consists of 29 partner institutions
 NILU Norwegian Institute for Air Research (Project Coordinator)    NO
 PVDH Peter van den Hazel    NL
 NAAF Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association    NO
 Technion Technion – Israel Institute of Technology    IL
 CVUT Czech Technical University    CZ
 QU Queensland University of Technology    AU
 AirBase AirBase Systems Ltd    IL/DE
 ATEKNEA Ateknea Solutions Catalonia S.A.    ES
 GAC GAC Ltd    CZ
 IOM Institute of Occupational Medicine    UK
 IBATUZ Iritziak Batuz    ES
 S&C Sensing & Control Systems SL    ES
 Alphasense Alphasense Limited    UK
 U-Hopper U-Hopper    IT
 CREAL Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology    ES
 IEM Institute of Experimental Medicine, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic    CZ
 VINCA Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences    RS
 JSI Jozef Stefan Institute    SI
 SINTEF Stiftelsen SINTEF    NO
 TECNALIA Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation    ES
 KICT Korea Institute of Construction Technology    KR
 UCAM University of Cambridge    UK
 DNET DunavNet doo Novi Sad    RS
 Snowflake Snowflake Software    UK
 Geotech Geotech    UK
 Obeo Obeo    NO
 VLAGEW INBO Research Institute for Nature and Forest – Scientific Institute of the Flemish Government    BE
 Saltlux Saltlux Incorporated    KR


Competitivenes—  SME participation  Evidence-based decision making  —Strenghtening GEOSS

  • —Scientific (WPs 2,3,4,5,6)
  • —Commercial (WPs 8,7,6)
  • —Policy (WPs 2,3,5)
  • —Urban (Citizens’ Observatories)
  • —Societal (Citizens’ Observatories)
  • —Standards (WPs 8,7,6)

Our Goal

To create infrastructure and to demonstrate feasibility of sustainable Citizen’s Observatories related to urban quality.


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