AIRMEX project: campaigns data

Collection: AIRMEX : European Indoor Air Monitoring and Exposure Assessment Project 


The data of the AIRMEX monitoring campaigns , for the 2004 and 2007 years, are available as descriptive statistics in the dedicated JRC web site and as single measurement data through IPCheM, the Information Platform for Chemical Monitoring,

where it is possible to download the data.


stylianos.kephalopoulos (at)


  • Stylianos Kephalopoulos
  • Vittorio Reina
  • Otmar Geiss

How to cite

Kephalopoulos, Stylianos; Reina, Vittorio; Geiss, Otmar (2014): AIRMEX project: campaigns data. European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID:


exposure assessment chemical monitoring Indoor Air Quality

Data access

AIRMEX single measurement generalised
  • Single measurement data of the AIRMEX monitoring campaigns are accessible and downloadable via IPCheM; the concentration values of the measured chemicals are here reported as individual data. However the samples locations are generalised and recorded as coordinates of the monitored city centroid.

    To access the data from the IPCheM search page, the user must select a substance, by name or CAS number, and enter into the Database console where it is possible to further refine the search and save the results into the basket tool. These results can be saved in CSV or Json format.

AIRMEX descriptive statistics
  • From the dedicated web site, a map shows the cities where the AIRMEX field campaigns have been executed. By clicking on the name of the city and the desired period it is possible to access to detailed descriptive statistics for each city, measured substance and media: indoor air, outdoor air and personal inhalation exposure.


The AIRMEX study - VOC measurements in public buildings and schools/kindergartens in eleven European cities: Statistical analysis of the data
Geiss O, Giannopoulos G, Tirendi S, Barrero J, Kotzias D, Larsen B. The AIRMEX study - VOC measurements in public buildings and schools/kindergartens in eleven European cities: Statistical analysis of the data. ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT 45 (22); 2011. p. 3676-3684. JRC62451
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  • Abstract

    Indoor and outdoor air concentrations as well as personal exposure concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have been measured during 2003-2008 in public buildings, schools, kindergartens and private homes in eleven cities over Europe covering geographic areas in north, central and south Europe during different seasons within the frame of the AIRMEX (European Indoor AirMonitoring and Exposure assessment) study. A database is presented containing the results for 23 VOCs based upon approximately 1000 samples taken from 182 different working environments (offices, classrooms, waiting halls) in public buildings, schools and kindergartens, from 103 private homeplaces and from adult volunteers (148 samples). The statistical analysis of the data demonstrated that sources in the indoor environment are prevailing for most of the investigated VOCs with indoor/outdoor (I/O) concentration ratios following the order: hexanal ¿ d-limonene » formaldehyde > acetone > 1-butoxy-2-propanol > acetaldehyde > propanal > 1-butanol > n-undecane > methylcyclohexane > n-dodecane). For aromatic hydrocarbons the main impact was shown to be penetration from outdoor air as indicated by I/O ratios near one and is characterised by significantly higher indoor as well as outdoor concentrations in the south of Europe with respect to the north. For the terpenes, the lowest indoor concentrations were measured during the warm season, which may be explained by higher ventilation rates and reactions with ozone penetrated from outdoor air.

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Temporal coverage

From date To date
2003-10-01 2007-04-01

Additional information

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European Commission, Joint Research Centre
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Environment, Science and technology
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