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UMW Umweltmonitoring in the VDI Blog

The Association of German Engineers ("Verein Deutscher Ingenieure e.V." or VDI) is featuring Dr. Monica Wäber in its Technology and Innovation blog. Here you can learn more about why air quality is measured, what biomonitoring is and how it differs from approaches using technical measurement equipment. Read the article here ...

Voluntary monitoring means security for airports and for the public.

Biomonitoring has been and continues to be a useful way to raise the level of citizens' acceptance of airport operations. Ms. Wäber, chair of the Guidelines Committee of the VDI/DIN Commission on Air Pollution Prevention (KRdL) and her coauthor Frank Pompe examine the locations, scope and benefits of biomonitoring in a current brief report.

Will the Berlin Brandenburg Airport impact the environment? And if so, how? The airport operator is investigating air quality and using biomonitoring to examine foodstuffs. The objective is to determine how air traffic already impacts the environment today and to document possible changes. You'll find an in-depth interview on the topic here.

In addition you can read more on how curly kale and grass exposure are being used in differentiated evaluation of immission impacts at Berlin's Schönefeld Airport, soon to become BER, in this journal article. Furthermore these investigations of plants used in foodstuffs and animal feed help local residents understand and identify with the results more easily than is the case with isolated air concentration measurements alone.

Let flowers do the talking: Gain acceptance and trust.

Can targeted communication support the success of a biomonitoring project? A project is successful when all stakeholders are satisfied with the result. This is a particularly demanding task in the field of biomonitoring, since communications has to focus on satisfying the varied interests of a target group that includes operators, government agencies, municipalities and citizens. Read the article here...

Bees and honey monitoring form a bridge to many sustainability topics.

Is there reason for concern when eating honey from the vicinity of an emission source airport? Properly conducted, honey bee monitoring answers this question and can be excellently linked to other sustainability topics.

Since 2008 we have been monitoring the effect of operations at the international Munich Airport on foodstuffs such as honey. We also supervise communication with regional public and authorities.

Monika WäberThe results of honey bee monitoring for the airport operator Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH reaching back to 2011 are documented here. And find out here how air pollutants build up in the environment and affect plants used as foodstuffs or animal feed.

Clean air, particulates and ultrafine particles, mercury emissions and impact of pollutants are on everyone's lips and reason to argue for technical development as well as appropriate communication in the editorial of the professional journal Gefahrstoffe - Reinhaltung der Luft July/August 2018.