The UnLuBW project (Unbemannte Luftschadstoffmessung in Baden-Württemberg) aims to develop and evaluate urban air quality measures by complementing official stationary air quality measurements with a flexible drone-based monitoring system.
In collaboration with German municipalities, representative locations are selected to vertically capture pollutants such as particulate matter and NO2 using sensors mounted on unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The UnLuBW project not only provides a spatially differentiated picture of pollution levels and dispersion from various sources but also enables the systematic assessment of air quality measures using new mobility concepts.
The integration of Unisphere's 7-day forecast software NOVA Operations Platform further enhances the project's capabilities by analyzing meteorological factors and optimizing measurement campaigns. By considering meteorological variables such as humidity, temperature stratification, and inversion weather conditions, the software helps identify the influence of these factors on spatial variability and measurement accuracy.
Additionally, Unisphere integrates parameters influencing pollutant measurements into its software. This enables researchers to conduct measurements not only under ideal conditions but also to repeat them systematically to consistently assess the impact of air quality measures. Furthermore, Unisphere collaborates with municipalities to obtain flight permissions, ensuring compliance and seamless execution of the project.
Through the use of UAS technology and advanced meteorological analysis, the project aims to provide municipalities with valuable insights into pollutant distribution and the effectiveness of air quality measures, enabling them to make informed decisions about urban transportation policies. Through the public availability of measurements and results, and by conducting informative public events, UnLuBW promotes knowledge sharing and empowers communities to actively participate in the journey towards cleaner and healthier urban environments.
The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport. The project is done in collaboration with ISME, the Geoinformatics Working Group of the University of Tübingen, the Environmental Physics Group of the University of Tübingen, and Unisphere. To find out more about the project click here.