Media projects about air quality and public communication
Air quality has been in the media more and more over the last few years and here are some of the projects I have worked on that have been taken up in the media.
I organised a workshop for teachers about using small sensors for practical classes about cimate change. This was with the Santiago PARExplora RM Sur Poniente regionally-funded Chilean Resarch council´s outreach team. The girl´s school advanced well with constructed the Arduino-based sensors and planning environmental research projects. Due to unrest in Chile in 2019 and the 2020 Pandemic it was cut short but we are very keen to see it taken up in other schools. I presented the project at the COP25 in Madrid.
In May and July 2019 we carried out measurements in the small town of Coyhaique in Chilean Patagonia using small hand-held air quality sensors that measure Particulate Matter (PM2.5). The project was taken up enthusiastically by the community and thanks to our local partners, CIEP and we hope to have the paper written up in various papers in 2021. We currently have several small (but permanent) sensors in Coyhaique, as a network of indoor and outdoor monitors. See this article in the Guardian about how the wood burning habits in this small isolated town has made this place one of the worst polluted locations in South America.
NCAS ran a public outreach project in 2017 called the Air we Share, running Air quality road shows in 3 Yorkshire cities. BBC Inside out North East made a short video you can see the video on the right.
BBC Inside Out East Midlands investigates the NO2 levels in Leicester, focussing on levels at rush hour periods at a school that is behind the train station: Watch 2 minute video here