Pilot Application in Urban Landscapes towards integrated city observatories for greenhouse gase

Project Details


The ?Pilot Application in Urban Landscapes ? towards integrated city observatories for greenhouse gases? (PAUL) project supports
the European Green Deal by creating capabilities to observe and verify greenhouse gas emissions from densely populated urban
areas across Europe. Cities are recognized as important anthropogenic greenhouse gas emission hotspots and therefore play a
significant role in any emission reduction efforts. The PAUL project aims to increase our understanding of specific needs of
greenhouse gas emission assessment in urban environment; it compares available and novel observational approaches and
implements an integrated concept for a city observatory, providing unique data sets that feed diverse modelling approaches,
scientific studies and will be the base of services towards the city administrations. A specifically innovative approach is the co-design
of services, models and observations between city administrators and scientists from multiple disciplines including social and
governmental sciences.The PAUL co-design approach will exploring the needs of the cities and combining these with the scientific
outcomes. This allows to introduce smart services to the cities, supporting evidence-based decisions on climate action and strategic
investments. Overarching goals of PAUL are to:
1) implement elements of a pilot city observatory in a large (Paris), a medium (Munich) and a small (Zurich) European city,
2) collaborate with city stakeholders and engage citizens in co-designing services that are required for GHG monitoring in order to
validate the implementation of Paris Agreement, and
3) increase our understanding of specific needs of GHG assessment in urban environment and create a service portfolio for setting
up an urban greenhouse gas observatory.
Effective start/end date1/10/2131/12/25

Collaborative partners

  • Integrated Carbon Observation System European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ICOS ERIC) (lead)
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Heidelberg University)
  • University of Helsinki - Helsingin Yliopisto
  • Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  • Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research
  • Centro-Euro Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici
  • European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
  • Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives
  • Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt
  • Lunds Universitet
  • Technische Universität München (TUM)
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • University of Basel
  • Finnish Meteorological Institute
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS-Paris)
  • France's National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE)
  • National Observatory of Athens
  • Aalto University/Aalto korkeakoulusaatio
  • Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science
  • Global Change Research Institute
  • Organisation meteorologique mondiale
  • National Research Council of Italy
  • Origins SAS
  • Association Interdépartementale pour la gestion du Réseau automatique de surveillance de la Pollution Atmosphérique et d'Alerte en Région
  • European Social Survey European Research Infrastructure Consortium
  • Antwerp University
  • University of Copenhagen
  • Universidade de Aveiro
  • Akademia Gorniczo-Iiutnicza
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)


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