Measuring ultrafine particles at Schiphol

Schiphol has asked the scientific agency TNO to measure ultrafine particles at both Schiphol and Lelystad Airport. The measurements will be scheduled once the corona virus disruptions have ended. The measurements will cover a large section of the airport site. High-quality equipment will be mounted on several vehicles in order to gain good insight and accurately measure the concentration levels of ultrafine particles.

The Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, or RIVM) will also participate in the investigation and will advise on the approach and final report. The Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat (Ministry of Infrastructure and Water) will formulate the project. Schiphol has prepared by consulting various knowledge institutes, such as RIVM, GGD and the Nederlands Lucht- en Ruimtevaartcentrum (Netherlands Aerospace Centre, or NLR).

What the research may yield

  • Gain insight into the concentrations of ultrafine particles in several areas of the Schiphol site and Lelystad Airport.
  • Gain insight into the influence of weather (for instance, through wind, rain and temperature)
  • Gain the ability to compare the concentrations at Schiphol and Lelystad Airport with other places
  • Have a good basis for possible follow-up research
  • Prioritise sustainability projects in a better way.