The Common Model of Ecological Status of Finland-Russia Intertraffic became one of the main results of the Green InterTraffic project

Developed in cooperation between Russia and Finland, The Common Model of Ecological Status of Intertraffic with meteorological parameters and environmental risks assessment on the base of GIS combines the main directions of the Green InterTraffic project and its achievements.

The important project outputs are presented on the Eco-Safety GIS tools. It presents the common Russian-Finnish green approaches and measures for environmental safety and transport safety of intertraffic. The tools are open for public and they can be applied e.g. in road maintenance planning, trip scheduling and in decision-making.

The following GIS tools are available on the project website:

  • Cross-border road weather observations and forecasts

The nowcasting along the road E18 presents road weather observations and forecasts in the border areas of Finland and Russia. The map shows two hours of observations and four hours of forecasts, which can be used by e.g transport companies to planning travel routes and times.

  • Cross-border radar data information & Precipitation forecasts 

Two precipitation forecast maps displays precipitation in cross-border areas of Finland and Russia. One map shows the latest accumulated precipitation as measured by the weather radars by FMI and IRAM. Map also displays precipitation forecast for the following two hours by a numerical weather prediction model (HARMONIE MEPS, provided by FMI). Other map also displays the precipitation forecast for the following two hours by numerical weather forecast models (provided by IRAM).

  • Thermal road model along the Road E18 between Saint Petersburg and Helsinki 

The map shows statistically processed spatial variations of the road surface temperature for 4 seasons - the result of thermal mapping. The thermal model of the road is based on the results of measurements of a mobile laboratory performed by the Institute of Radar Meteorology (IRAM). Using thermal mapping, places with a lower temperature of the surface are located, i.e. potential places of primary reduction in the grip properties of the road surface.

  • Lidar measurements in Cross-border area 

To understand the formation of aerosol pollution, their vertical distribution along the road E18, lidar measurements are carried out within the framework of the project using the mobile lidar complex of the RC “Observatory of Environmental Safety” of the St. Petersburg State University Science Park.

Based on the results of field measurements and the performed modeling, information is provided on the spatial distribution of aerosol contaminants, the upper boundary of their distribution, and the average radius and numerical concentration of particles, the coefficients of backscattering and extinction of the aerosol, the speed and direction of the wind are calculated.

  • Sensor measurements with AQT sensors in Cross-border area 

In addition to lidar measurements, the current air quality situation along the E18 road is being assessed according to the innovative AQT sensors measurements. Measurements were carried out on both sides of the border, currently only on the territory of Finland. The real time measurements are visible by clicking the sensor locations on the map. The sensor data can be considered as indicative result of the air quality.

Transport infrastructure development forecasts and road maps

In addition to being reflected on this map, measures to develop the infrastructure of the E18 road, as well as measures to reduce the load on vehicles proposed for implementation by the partners of the Green Intertraffic project, are presented into two Road Maps, which can be found at the link:

  • Calculation of air emissions

The current situation with pollution level and air quality emission levels are assessed based on the information on road traffic on the road E18 and the common emission calculation method described in the manual (The Manual of the Estimating Greenhouse Gas and other Air Emissions of the Road Traffic The concentrations of nitrogen oxide (NO2) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) are calculated with the dispersion model (CAR-FMI). The model gives an estimation of how the emissions and concentration levels will change in the future if the proposed actions (development in the road traffic and road itself) will take place. These estimations should be considered when land use and city planning around the road E18 is planned. In addition, these assessments are a good tool for the decision makers to better assess the environmental impacts.

We invite you to know with the Common Model at the link: . This model could be used by all interested stakeholders for environmental and business risks mitigation.

Work on its sections continues, and the final stage will be the preparation of the environmental risk assessment report and the start of the Educational complex. Follow our news!

16 November 2020