Air Quality Research

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The eLearning team have been collaborating with Dr Kevin Wyche and Dr Kirsty Smallbone in the Environment and Public Health Research and Enterprise Group to present air quality data from a monitoring station. The university’s £250,000 Air Environment Research (AER) monitoring station is based at Falmer and the first of its kind in the UK.

The data presented is:

  • Nitrogen Dioxide NO2 – the main source is burning fossil fuels as in cars and this can irritate lungs and make diseases such as asthma worse. This, in turn, can lead to great risk of infections
  • Ozone O3 – concentrations are often highest on hot, still and sunny days, and are a major component of modern ‘smog’
  • Sulphur Dioxide SO2 – can be damaging to the environment and acts as a respiratory irritant, causing coughing and shortness of breath
  • Formaldehyde HCHO – can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat.
  • Nitrous Acid HONO – can contribute to the formation of other pollutants

Data is captured at the station and processed overnight for presentation on the Air Quality site.

An Azure cloud storage solution is used to store the data for rendering on the site. The data is aggregated for presentation in hourly, daily and monthly format.

More information about the project launch is available on the university website.

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