European Environment Agency

Estonia

Estonia participates only to the Phase 1 of this initiative.

I. Information about the chosen schools

1. Where is/are the school(s) located (name of city, urban/sub-urban/rural)? 

All schools are located in Tartu (city).

2. What kind of school(s) has/have been chosen (nursery, primary, secondary etc.)? 

They are all are secondary schools.

3. How far is/are the school(s) away from busy roads? 

The participating schools will be chosen in May and detailed information about the schools will be given afterwards.

4. What kind of buildings surround the school(s) (e.g. is it located in a street canyon)?  


The participating schools will be chosen in May and detailed information about the schools will be given afterwards.

5. Do you have information on the traffic volume and/or the kind of vehicles passing in front of the school and/or on the neighbouring streets? If yes, please provide this info. 

The participating schools will be chosen in May and detailed information about the schools will be given afterwards.


6. Please provide an electronic ‘snap shot’ map of the

  • city or district where the school(s) is/are located, and of
  • school’s/schools’ close surroundings.

The participating schools will be chosen in May and detailed information about the schools will be given afterwards.


7. Other information, which you would like to share about the schools?

The participating schools will be chosen in May and detailed information about the schools will be given afterwards.


II. Information about the measurement approach

1. What kind of passive samplers do you plan to use, or which ones have you already used to measure NO2? How many?

Estonia will use passive samplers constructed by Estonian Environmental Research Centre. The methodology is accredited. They will use four samplers (+ two zero sample tests) per school.

2. Do you plan to use or have already used sensors to measure PM? If yes, which ones? How many?

Sensors to measure PM will not be used.

3. Do you plan or have you already compared results of your measurement equipment with or calibrated against official measurement stations?

Estonian Environmental Research Centre has made comparative measurements with official measurement station and also with IVL (Sweden). The results were good.

4. Where do you plan to locate or have already located the measurement devices? If possible, please indicate this on the map(s) mentioned under I.), or provide coordinates.

Estonia plans to install the measurement devices in front of the schools and in the backyard of the schools.

5. Please provide also info on the close surroundings of the measurement devices, e.g. in front of school (busy street, street canyon etc.), in the schoolyard, in the surroundings of the school(s).

No more detailed information available at the moment.

6. Which sampling period(s), i.e. months have you chosen?

The sampling period will be 4 weeks in September.

7. Do you also plan to count vehicles, vehicle types?

It is not planned (yet) to count vehicles and vehicle types.

III. Communication with pupils, teachers, parents

Foster engagement: Communicating about the project

1. Please indicate if you have any communication material already available and, if yes, what kind of material they are, e.g. from previous initiatives that can be useful for other participants.

There is no concrete communication material available so far.

2. Do you plan to cooperate with local administration responsible for air quality, traffic, urban planning etc.? If yes, which ones.

A cooperation with the Tallinn Environmental Board is planned.

3. Are there any civil society initiatives or communities that are active in that domain in your countries? Which ones? They might have some useful communication material and contacts.


Citizen science and behaviour change: capturing long-term impacts

4. How do you plan to ‘measure’ change in behaviour, see for example the before-after questionnaire  used by ‘Curious Noses’?

Estonia plans to point out the possible reasons for the results and to prepare a short survey for students asking about their readiness to change behaviour.

5. Some concrete questions have been suggested in relation to the citizen science approach:

  • Can citizen science be used as a means of changing mobility behaviours in and around schools that influence air quality?
  • What ways of citizen science can be employed to changing such behaviour?
  • How effective are these ways of citizen science in changing mobility behaviour influencing air quality?

What kind of question(s) have you formulated?