380,681 inhabitants
surface area: 230 km2

Second largest city in the Czech Republic.

Climate: cold winters & hot-warm summers


Which pressures?

       Air Quality  and  Health                                   



Environmental pressures targeted by SMURBS

 Health: Population health may be negatively affected due to air quality degradation in Brno, among other reasons. Poor air quality (AQ) is one of the major hazards arising from industrial and economic growth in Brno. The main sources of air pollution in the city are traffic, local combustion, and transboundary transport. Restricted activity days and various respiratory diseases (asthma, bronchitis, etc.) can be resultant of health problems associated with poor air quality. The negative impact lies in groups of the population that are exposed and also on the socio-economic status of the population at the national level. Predictions of possible health impacts on humans due to air pollution may be important indicators for legal entities and authorities to employ tools for the improvement of AQ.



The implementation of smart urban solutions

 Health: SMURBS approach combines different components and aspects to assess the air pollution-induced health impacts in Brno. The WHO AirQ+ tool has been applied to assess the health effects of long- and short-term exposure to ambient air pollution (PM2.5, PM10, NO2, black carbon, and O3). The outputs are predicted numbers of a specific diagnosis in the human population of Brno, categorized by age and provided by the city region. The produced prediction mode is promoted to the local authorities, so that the current air pollution health impacts to the city inhabitants are assessed, and restrictive and/or legislation tools towards the improvement of local air quality are employed. Simultaneous raise awareness is accomplished through selected lectures to citizens about air quality and health-related issues, which are co-developed with the city of Brno.



Partners involved in the design and implementation of the solutions

Stakeholders involved: 

World Health Organization

Czech Hydrometeorological Institute

Institute of Health Information and Statistics of the Czech Republic

Institute of Biostatistics and Analyses at the Faculty of Medicine of the Masaryk University

National Institute of Public Health

Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic

City of Brno