Multimedia Tools and Applications

, Volume 75, Issue 3, pp 1589–1613 | Cite as

Environmental data extraction from heatmaps using the AirMerge system

  • Victor EpitropouEmail author
  • Tassos Bassoukos
  • Kostas Karatzas
  • Ari Karppinen
  • Leo Wanner
  • Stefanos Vrochidis
  • Ioannis Kompatsiaris
  • Jaakko Kukkonen


The AirMerge platform was designed and constructed to increase the availability and improve the interoperability of heatmap-based environmental data on the Internet. This platform allows data from multiple heterogeneous chemical weather data sources to be continuously collected and archived in a unified repository; all the data in this repository have a common data format and access scheme. In this paper, we address the technical structure and applicability of the AirMerge platform. The platform facilitates personalized information services, and can be used as an environmental information node for other web-based information systems. The results demonstrate the feasibility of this approach and its potential for being applied also in other areas, in which image-based environmental information retrieval will be needed.


Heatmaps Data retrieval Air quality Image processing Web services GIS 



AirMerge was developed in the frame of COST Action ES0602, and was financially supported by the FMI during the years 2010–2012 and co-funded by the PESCaDO project during 2012–2013. This publication was supported by the “IKY Fellowships of Excellence for Postgraduate Studies in Greece—Siemens Program” at the time of writing.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Victor Epitropou
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tassos Bassoukos
    • 1
  • Kostas Karatzas
    • 1
  • Ari Karppinen
    • 2
  • Leo Wanner
    • 3
    • 4
  • Stefanos Vrochidis
    • 5
  • Ioannis Kompatsiaris
    • 5
  • Jaakko Kukkonen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.Finnish Meteorological InstituteHelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.Department of Information and Communication TechnologiesUniversitat Pompeu FabraBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA)BarcelonaSpain
  5. 5.Centre for Research and Technology Hellas - Information Technologies InstituteThessalonikiGreece

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