NEMNETNational Environmental Monitoring Network

Contact details:

Erik Tielemans
Postbus 1, Bilthoven
+31 30 2742693

The National Environmental Monitoring Network monitors various environmental parameters, such as air quality, soil quality, groundwater and ammoniac to guarantee a healthy environment and public health safety. The equipment consists of regular and advanced equipment such as LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), DOAS (Differential Optical Absorption Spectometry and Spex (Spectopolarimeter for Planetary Exploration). The equipment is used to monitor a broad range of parameters on the quality of the environment and climate. The data provide information about the state of the environment and can signal potential problems. Moreover, the Networks provides data to comply to national and European legislation and reporting requirements.
Data are collected and interpreted at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment from measurement equipment located throughout the Netherlands (see below).

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment located in Bilthoven (Antonie van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9) is the expertise center that collects and interprets all data generated by the networks described below.
The infrastructure consists of various elements:
- 50 state of the art measurement stations and wells in a grid across the Netherlands. The air quality monitoring network measures a variety of pollutants (e.g., SO2, NOx, O3, PM10, PM2.5, SO2, black smoke, CO, benzene, toluene, H2S, UFP). In combination with advanced modelling facilities forecasts are given for air quality concentrations and smog.
- Platform for high tech development of ‘Next Generation Environmental Monitoring’ systems
- such as a variety of sensor systems. Validation and calibration facilities for gaseous and PM sensor systems.
- ICT platform for crowd sourcing of floating sensor information from among others citizen science projects.
- Dissemination channel via websites with visualization platforms and various apps.
- Moreover effects of manure are monitored,
- Regularly soil quality and groundwater quality is measured
- and acidification and ammoniac is measured

The networks are divided into several different subnetworks:
LML: National Air Quality Monitoring Network
LMM: National Monitoring Network of Effects of Manure Policy
LMG: National Groundwater Monitoring Network
TMV: Trend Monitoring Network on Acidification
MAN: Ammoniac Monitoring Network

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