Over 30 years of experience in the field of Air Quality Assessment


Dr Grossinho is a highly experienced senior Technical Director in the field of Air Quality monitoring, modelling, and management, with track record of attaining objectives and secure robust, timely and within budget deliverables to clients.


She is a chartered Environmental Engineer specialised in Air Quality impact assessment and compliance. She studied at Imperial College where she achieved an MSc in Environmental Technology - air pollution - supervised by Professor Helen ApSimon and a PhD co-funded by NASA in applied physics on the usage of air quality monitoring, modelling, and remote sensing technologies to assess forest decay due to air pollution. Her PhD was supervised by Professor ApSimon, and Co-supervised by Professor Barry Rock, University of New Hampshire (USA), where Ana did spend a year taking university classes and developing algorithms for digital image processing for integration with results of advanced dispersion modelling and monitoring data from field surveys.

With a strong academic background and vast public and private sector experience, her knowledge in the Air quality field, together with proficiency in engagement with key stakeholders has resulted in successful policies and legislation being put in place to further improve air quality management systems



Ana gained her international recognition via her Air Quality Expert advisory role at the European Commission Air Quality Working Group to which she actively contributed from 1996 to 2012 having led the group writing up the implementing provisions of the EU Ambient Air Quality Directive 2008/50/EC. She is also a Member of the European Environment Agency’s EIONET group (European environment information and observation network), having contributed to data exchange initiatives across Member States. She was a formal member of the European Commission Ambient Air Quality Committee advising on the drafting of the CAFE Directive text (subsequently approved under the Portuguese presidency).


In parallel to contributing to the drafting of the CAFE AIR QUALITY directive and its subsequent Implementing Provisions, Ana has been developing innovative work on SEIS/INSPIRE compliant technologies for air quality data harvesting, management, reporting and dissemination to the public.

As an internationally recognized expert in Air Quality, and being a passionate and inspiring ambassador of EU acquis and best practice in this field, Ana has led key air quality monitoring facilities and modeling activities as well as capacity building initiatives for technical assistance projects involving various Member States.

She has acted as a Team Leader to four EU Air Quality technical assistance projects namely:


Study on Air Pollution in Dhaka and Opportunities for Cost-Effective Control Solutions - The Study on Air Pollution in Dhaka and Opportunities for Cost-Effective Control Solutions (SAPD-OCECS-Dhaka) funded by the European Union was a comprehensive study of the air quality key emission sources in the Dhaka region using a cost/benefit analysis approach to select the most efficient measures to solve and or significantly contribute to the amelioration of air pollution in this mega city with the primary objective of safeguarding human health.

Positioning the European Union on Air Quality Management in India - Positioning the EU in Air Quality Management in India (PoEU-AirQM-India), aimed to understand India's needs in terms of air quality management and enabling the drafting of India’s Air quality Strategy and Local Action Plans for four mega cities, offering a description of the main EU mechanisms to control air pollution, namely regulatory, political, technical striving to align India with EU legislation, policy and guidance. There were in total seven capacity building session with government officials and four workshops which acted both as stakeholder consultations and awareness raising events. http://www.eu-india-air.com/.  

Development and demonstration of technical IT solutions linking INSPIRE services to the reporting and data exchange requirements of the proposed CAFE Directive, European Commission.  Responsible for leading the international consortium for the successful delivery of the EC/JRC project, “Development and demonstration of technical IT solutions linking INSPIRE services to the reporting and data exchange requirements of the proposed CAFE Directive” project, for LOT 1 (Centralised System with less than 50 stations,) on behalf of the Slovak Ministry of Environment. Dr Grossinho also coordinated LOTS 2, 3 and 4 so that methodologies and metadata used converged.

Developing and prototyping INSPIRE technical specifications for air, water, waste and biodiversity environmental monitoring facilities across Member States, European Commission, Joint Research Centre. Ana wrote the full winning proposal and led the four environmental teams (air, water, waste and biodiversity) to specify how the environment acquis would need to be adjusted and translated into the requirements of directive 2007/2/EC.



Her experience as a Senior Scientific Policy Advisor at Defra at the Air Quality Division, Standards and Assessment Branch, Department of Environment, Food, and Regional Affairs (Defra), Central Government, UK (2002-2006) has enabled a vast application of the policies and techniques required to attain compliance in both planning and Local Air Quality Management. She worked on and provided expert advice on air monitoring, modelling and reporting issues related to ambient air quality and emissions, and contributed to the UK Air Quality Strategy Review 2007.


Whilst at Defra she represented the UK at various EC working expert groups including Low Emission Zones definition, vehicle pollution emission legislation (Euro 5 and 6), and air quality monitoring strategies.


Ana worked closely with Local Authorities and DfT to develop and promote grants to facilitate air quality improvements in their areas of jurisdiction.




Dr Grossinho has spent three years as a senior researcher at the Imperial College Department of Epidemiology and Public Health working on projects funded by Defra and the Department of Health. She worked on the Rapid Inquiry Facility of the Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU) and was responsible for the development of an award winning personal exposure module (NEAM) sponsored by EPSRC.


She used advanced dispersion models integrated with geographic information systems to map environmental pollution levels and used statistical analysis to study correlation with health outcomes.




Dr Grossinho worked for global consultancies for ten consecutive years having directed, managed and delivered several successful environmental impact air quality chapters and stand-alone reports for key clients. Studies in her portfolio include


Residential planning applications

Mixed use planning applications

Energy Centers and Stack height determination

Student Accommodation

Air Quality and Ecological Impact Assessment

Public Exposure for new applications

Construction Environment Management Plans

Highways schemes

Powerlines impact assessment

Indoor Air Quality Assessment

Odour Assessments

Energy From Waste Assessments

Permitting of industrial installations

Local Authority Air Quality Management and reporting

Local and Regional Air Quality Strategies

Local Action Plans

Travel Plans

European Commission Pilot studies on air quality reporting

Reporting of near real time monitoring data using online technologies

Remote sensing technologies applied to monitoring of air pollution

Design and Implementation of Air Quality Monitoring networks

Mapping of environmental constrains using advanced geographic Information systems

Experience of providing and facilitating public consultations and workshops





Ana contributed to the response to the Mayor's 2020 vision for London having been responsible for the air quality section and its presentation to the Mayor's Advisory Committee in December 2013.


She was distinguished by the World Experts organization WHO is WHO as the PROFESSIONAL of the YEAR (2014).


Ana has been the main or contributing author of a number of research papers, legislation, strategies and guidance publications including


UK  National  Air  Quality  Strategy - 2007 - Defra


Air Quality Directive 2008/50/EC


Institute of Air Quality Management Planning Guidance for Local Authorities


Implementing Provisions for compliance with the INSPIRE Directive


Best Practise Guidance on Location and Classification of Monitoring Stations, EC


Best Practice Guidance on Design of Low Emission Zones in European Cities, EC



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