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.
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?