SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, May 20, 2019 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that it will launch the “Seoul Integrated Fine Dust Research Institute” (tentative name) (hereinafter the “Integrated Institute”) May 20 to proactively tackle fine dust problems.
Through the Integrated Institute, a research cooperation system will be established among the Seoul Institute, the Seoul Institute of Technology and the Seoul Research Institute of Public Health and Environment and converged researches will be made together. It is expected to serve as a control tower for fine dust-related policies, measurements and reduction technology development.
The three institutes will carry out each own fine dust studies, while having regular meetings to share the research results each one conducted to draft research agenda that should be urgently solved for conducting joint researches. The Integrated Institute will have offices in the building of the Seoul Research Institute of Public Health and Environment.
In the near future, the Integrated Institute will make international cooperation for joint research on air quality improvement with cities in Northeast Asia, including Beijing, and expand the research area to atmospheric research on such as greenhouse gas that is closely connected with fine dust problem.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government will hold a signboard hanging ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on May 20 at the main building of the Seoul Research Institute of Public Health and Environment and appoint Ph.D. Park Rok-jin, a professor of earth and environment science at Seoul National University, as the first chief director of the Integrated Institute.
Professor Park Rok-jin has called for the need to make cooperation among Northeast Asia countries to jointly find out the mechanism for air pollution factors in mega cities before citizens became more aware of fine dust issues. He also insisted on the need for the application of advanced air management techniques to simultaneously reduce air pollutants and greenhouse gases and proposed preemptive policies to address the fine dust problems.
The Seoul Institute will set up IoT-based simplified fine dust measuring devices throughout the city to obtain detailed information on fine dust emission sources and investigate their characteristics by using big data and space information. Through this process, it is expected that accurate and detailed data on the emission will be established. And based on the collected information, it will be able to come up with countermeasures against the risk of exposure to fine dust and draw up policy priorities for reduction of fine dust emission sources in Seoul.
The Seoul Institute of Technology will evaluate technologies to improve fine dust with using the data derived from fine dust measuring devices in subway stations and air quality measuring networks; and develop technologies to reduce fine dust by using intelligent management research and subway ventilation facilities.
The Seoul Research Institute of Public Health and Environment will conduct health risk studies based on the composition of fine dust in order to reduce fine dust in high health risks. To that end, it will make a cooperation with the Korea Environment Institute (KEI), which has continued to evaluate health risks in soil, underground water and chemical consumer products, to carry out researches that can share expertise held by each organization.