Urban and Industrial Activities in Thessaloniki, Greece

Summary of pilot

The western part of Thessaloniki is degraded, in terms of socio-economic and environmental development. Odour pollution is one of the major reasons of nuisance, that affects the local population. This is caused due to urban and industrial activities that co-exist in the same area at the same time.

The situation

The western part of the city hosts numerous industrial activities (petrochemicals, metal processing, logistics facilities, etc.) that are located close to urban areas. At the same time, various urban activities such as illegal burning of improper material, further affects the environmental deterioration of the region. In addition, the river that runs through the area, receives the untreated effluent of wastewater from this part of the city. All these activities, contribute to odour nuisance of different qualitative characteristics. It is an unsolved and unmapped issue that affects local population and businesses.

D-Noses role and aims

The reasons we selected the western part of Thessaloniki is because the area suffers from an unmapped and everlasting issue of odour nuisance. The aim is to map and frame the problem, thus helping the local authorities take action towards the tackling of the issue. Local stakeholders were identified through interviews and field visits at the area of interest. The observations made, using OdourCollect, along with meteorological and ambient air quality data will be collected and correlated, in order to reach to conclusions.

Progress so far

Currently, the stakeholders have been identified and the area of interest has been framed. Most of the affected stakeholders have been contacted and agreed to participate, thus covering the Quadruple Helix requirements of the D-Noses methodology.

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