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Welcome to EcoSenseLE for Europe

EcoSenseLE (Light Edition) is a tool to quickly generate estimations of impacts on human health and of environmental damages caused by air pollution in Europe. For these estimations, EcoSenseLE uses values derived from various EcoSenseWeb model runs. EcoSenseWeb is an integrated atmospheric dispersion and exposure assessment model which implements the Impact Pathway Approach developed within ExternE and the European Commission projects NEEDS and CASES.

EcoSenseWeb is a tool to support the assessment of primary impacts resulting from the exposure to airborne pollutants, namely impacts on human health, crops and materials as well as ecosystem quality. It was originally designed for the analysis of single point sources (electricity and heat production) in Europe and has since been developed further. Newer versions can also be used to analyse multisource emissons and include new research findings, such as outcomes from projects like LC-IMPACT or HEIMTSA and INTARESE as well as urban increment measurments. Effects on ecosystem quality are based on values from IMPACT2002+, a tool and methodology originally developed by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL).

The current version of EcoSenseLE covers emissions of ‘classical’ air pollutants such as SO2, NOx, particulate matter (PM), NMVOC and NH3 as well as selected other pollutants. Results depend on the country of origin as well as on the height of the emission source, accounting for different dispersion and exposure paths. For low emission heights, it is further possible to differentiate between urban and rural source areas in order to account for generally increased concentration levels in areas with high population densities.

Read more about the underlying methodology!