The objective of the project is to evaluate the effects of climate diversity and change on airborne allergen exposure, and to implement an outdoor allergen early warning network. Climatic factors that influence allergen exposure will be used to calculate the effect of climate and climate change on local airborne allergen exposure.
Current users of national pollen information services like atopic individuals, physicians and health authorities will benefit. All methods and instruments for pollen and allergen measurements are equally distributed between the partners.
The European Commission published in OJL56/46, 220.127.116.11. "Adaptation to climate change, and the consequences on human health" and in particular stated "airborne allergens". We focus on airborne allergens, climate change and climate diversity, and an early warning system (allergen forecast). 3 major airborne allergens in Europe (grasses, birch and olive) will be sampled on filters, extracted and analyzed by allergen specific ELISA´s. Pollen counts will be measured by standard pollen traps. Weather data are freely available. Allergen forecast will be calculated by incorporating our measurements and climatic factors in the SILAM pollen forecast program. Expected outcomes are the implementation of a network of European outdoor allergen measurements to better predict airborne allergen exposure. Also the climatic factors that govern allergen exposure in outdoor air will be established. These can be used to calculate the effect of climate change on exposure to airborne allergens.