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Monitoring of air quality – new station on the Eawag site

September 23, 2020,

Air quality in Switzerland has improved but is still not good enough. To continue the monitoring of air pollutants which has taken place for many years in Dübendorf (ZH), today  federal government has opened a new station as part of its National Air Pollution Monitoring Network (NABEL) on the Empa-Eawag-campus.

The Dübendorf monitoring station, which had been in operation since 1980 on the site of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa), has been replaced by a modern station on the site of the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag). It was officially opened today. The aim is to ensure reliable data continues to remain available in future and to provide a comprehensive overview of air quality in Switzerland. This monitoring data is required to assess whether the measures are actually reducing emissions.

As well as showing whether air pollution control measures are working, it will also be used as a platform for research activities on new measuring equipment or new air pollutants. It will also provide information for the local population close by the information site for the experimental ponds of Eawag.

Read more in the press release from FOEN and Empa

Created by Andri Bryner (Text Bafu/Empa)