About the project

Thanks to a grant from the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) we’ve purchased seven air quality monitors, which we can use to sample the air around Saltaire.

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It’s now up to the scientists and the community to decide how best to use these instruments.

Experimental design is key to the success of any scientific experiment; the design of the experiment must reflect  the questions we interested in answering. This is the first time our research group has run a citizen science monitoring  scheme, so we will be learning what approach is best.

There are a number of possible monitoring strategies to test:
Semi-permanent sites: People who would be willing to place a monitor in their garden on in a public place on set measurement days. This could be used to build up a database of PM2.5 concentrations across Saltaire.

Exposure studies: How much PM do you breathe in an average day? Would you be willing to carry a monitor for a day to take part in an exposure study?

Measurement sessions: A school or community group could sample intensively in a smaller area. Where in the school has highest PM levels?