(BEIJING, June 21) -- The first foreign experts to be officially appointed by the Beijing government to take part in the team assuring the capital city's air quality during the Olympic Games received their letters of appointment on June 18 from Zhao Fengtong, vice-mayor of Beijing.
According to chinanews.com, the group of experts is made up of 12 specialists from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the United States of America, and Italy.
"With the cooperation of experts from home and abroad, monitored forecasts regarding air quality during the Olympic Games will be more authoritative, more transparent," said Du Shaozhong, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Administration of Environmental Protection. Their main work is to participate in monitoring the air quality in Beijing during Games-time and offer suggestions related to air quality forecasts. The experts will also evaluate the results of air quality assurance measures after the Games, he continued.
For all of August, an Italian team will be based in Beijing, using independent equipment to survey air quality; the results will be delivered to Beijing's department of environmental protection.
Not only will daily forecasts of air quality be available during the Games, three days, or even a week ahead of time, the expert team will be able to predict Beiijng's weather, said Tang Xiaoyan, head of the squad.
If Beijing experiences extreme weather conditions, more stringent pollution controls will be put into effect, perhaps involving tighter restrictions on motor vehicles in the city.
Not including the 18 temporary posts around Olympic venues, Beijing currently has 27 inspection stations which will use aerial surveys, laser radar and satellite remote sensing technology to monitor, forecast, and evaluate Games-time air quality.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences has already set up 12 monitoring systems in key areas in Hebei Province and Tianjin Municipality, including Shijiazhuang, Baoding, Tangshan, Zhuozhou, Yanjiao and Qinhuangdao.