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02 Dec 2011: New Interactive Network
Maps Pollution, Noise Levels Across Europe

The European Environment Agency (EEA) and Microsoft this week introduced a network of online sites that map air, water, and noise pollution levels across the continent based on government data and

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information uploaded by users. The Eye on Earth network — unveiled during the climate talks in Durban, South Africa — includes three separate interactive Web-based services: AirWatch, WaterWatch, and NoiseWatch. Using geospatial mapping technology, the WaterWatch service displays the 22,000 locations across Europe where the EEA monitors the quality of water at beaches, rivers, lakes, and other swimming areas. By zooming in on flagged monitoring stations, users can compare government rankings with public comments on water quality. The AirWatch service provides information from more than 1,000 air-monitoring stations, while NoiseWatch allows users to instantly upload noise level readings from their own mobile devices. The project’s partners say that over the next five years Eye on Earth will provide data on additional environmental topics.

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