What is monitoring?
In technology the term monitoring has a number of meanings: 1) listening, overseeing, controlling, i.e. collecting data, 2) indicating something, i.e. visualising the collected data, for example on a control screen or display and 3) reminding, warning, i.e. drawing conclusions from the collected and analysed data.
And this is exactly what happens in the UNH monitoring projects: certain data, facts or factors relating to defined issues are collected, analysed and evaluated. The important thing is that this happens over an extended period, continuously and regularly. Then it is possible to identify changes and development trends from the “naked” data. To this extent, monitoring is a kind of early warning system but it can also be used to assess the success or otherwise of a certain measure or project.
The findings gained from the monitoring projects described here are to serve as a basis for measures to avoid risks and to promote positive development.
Monitoring projects of the environment and neighbourhood house
A central aim of the environment and neighbourhood house (Umwelt- und Nachbarschaftshaus – UNH) is to provide neutral and transparent information. For this purpose various monitoring projects are carried out which reflect the impact of Frankfurt Airport on the region. At the moment there are three monitoring projects in progress, focussing on social impact, environment and flight noise. Recognised experts of the respective disciplines subject the scientific methods and procedures, the implementation, the results and the conclusions of these monitoring projects to a quality assurance process and document them in a clear and readable manner. This ensures the neutrality and the scientific quality of the analyses