The Allergy Risk should display the average risk of a pollen allergy at one glance on a given day (number in the center) and during the day at given times (course around the circle). The intensity of pollination of several allergens, weather parameters and chemical weather data like air pollution and air quality data (ozone, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter) are taken into account. Hence, the influence of air pollution on pollen allergy sufferers in terms of an augmented reaction to allergens is included into a forecast for the first time. The same applies to temperature, which is a major factor for the development and pollination of plants.
Day planning is an important issue for pollen allergy sufferers. The Allergy Risk shows the development of the allergic burden during the day as well as the assessment of the whole day on average at one glance.
The Allergy Risk should be considered in coordination with other services of pollenwarndienst.at (Medical University of Vienna) in order to prepare for the pollen load situation: besides the Allergy Risk, the pollen forecast, forecast maps, pollen load maps for Europe for planning holidays and the personalized pollen information via entries into the pollen diary (www.pollendiary.com or mobile App „Pollen“) should be consulted in addition.