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Monitoring and Minimisation of Traffic-Induced Noise and Air Pollution Along Major Alpine Transport Routes



Lead Partner

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt

Lead Partner Country


Project Website


01/2005 - 02/2008

Date of Approval


Approx. Total Budget in €

1.989.478 €

ERDF in €

994.736 €

Project Summary

A network of regional experts aims at the integrated use of advanced science-based methods to monitor, assess, and predict air pollution and noise and their impact on the environment, quality of life and health along major transport routes. These methods are adapted to the Alpine topography and its specific meteorological phenomena which often amplify the levels of concentration and noise. The purpose of the project is to promote these methods to regional and local authorities, to supplement standard methods towards more reliable predictions and scenario assessments, to quantify the tolerable limits of emissions if given air quality and noise standards are met, and to assess the environmental impact of traffic flow changes due to regulations, new infrastructure, or modal shifts. The project will enhance the understanding of local people and their political/societal representatives to the interdependency between natural processes and air quality and noise in the sensitive Alpine area.

Project Objectives

ALPNAP will apply innovative methods to selected areas to quantify the sensitivity of mountain regions to emissions (air pollution and noise) in the valleys and to demonstrate how traffic regulations can be designed to meet standards as a function of real emissions and weather. The project also aims at a durable Alpine-wide network of experts and authorities, and an increased awareness of the interaction between nature and human activities in the Alps. The main activity of the project consists of an coordinated and integrated application of up-to-date science-based methods and tools to determine the emissions of air pollutants and noise, to collect measurements of the atmospheric state, concentration and noise level, to simulate the meteorological situation, the transport, dispersion and transformation of air pollutants and the propagation of sound, and to assess the impact on quality of life and health to local population. As an innovation it will be possible to treat the interaction of topography, meteorology, emission (both air and noise), transmission and impact in a consistent way, which allows a cumulative estimation of the adverse effects. This ensures a comparable assessment of the consequences of traffic modifications with respect to both air pollution and noise. Meteorological and air pollution aspects will be tackled on different scales, ranging from local to Alpine-wide. Noise aspects will be treated across the full valley and in sensitive spots.

Project Achievements

Project Result Files

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EU Project Partners

Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell'Ambiente del Piemonte (Italy)
Centre d'Etudes Techniques de l'Equipement de Lyon (France)
Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (France)
Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe - Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (Germany)
Istituto di Scienze dell'Atmosfera e del Clima - CNR (Italy)
Medizinische Universität Innsbruck (Austria)
Technische Universität Graz (Austria)
Università degli Studi di Trento (Italy)
Universität für Bodenkultur (Austria)
Universität Innsbruck (Austria)

Non-EU Project Partners

Contact Person

Derkes, Peter

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