Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bert Arnrich


funded by EU H2020 framework

Nico Steckhan, Orhan Konak

DivAirCity is funded by the European Commission under the H2020 program and combines people, places, business models and climate resilience strategies to improve air quality and advance decarbonization. The project focuses on the challenge of adapting to climate change and improving air quality in urban areas through participatory urban development and nature-based solutions. Recognized exemplary strategies for nature-based solutions can start from greening of facades and roofs to sustainable behavioural interventions. DivAirCity puts diversity and "difference" at the center of climate-neutral urban development measures as a driver of urban change.

The role of HPI’s chair for connected healthcare is the establishment of digital solutions to monitor personal exposure to finally associate health metrics with environmental data. This interdisciplinary approach will be conducted together with Charité’s department for integrative medicine, Creative Climate Cities, and SPI (at Rechenzentrum).

As digital health partner, we will establish a health monitoring solution that implements geographic momentary assessments and vital sign measurements in 4 partner cities (Aarhus, Bucharest, Castellon, Orvietto). Together with 26 EU-Organisations, we will create living labs that inform and connect citizens with the project.

Exposure to air pollutants

Inhalation of air pollutants can lead to immune and nervous system diseases, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, and growth disorders in children. For the Potsdam analysis, exposures to fine particulate matter (PM10, PM2.5) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) were considered.

Data source: © MLUL 2014 - Clean Air Plan of the State Capital Potsdam.