[cleanairuk_news] Suggestions RE: Do-it-yourself pollution monitoring?]

Network for Clean Air contact at cleanairuk.org
Fri Jan 25 15:29:46 GMT 2013


One suggestion from Andrew Grieve re. earlier news item on: 19 January
2013 12:14 To: news at cleanairuk.org Subject: [cleanairuk_news]
Do-it-yourself pollution monitoring?

Thanks.

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Subject: RE: [cleanairuk_news] Do-it-yourself pollution monitoring?
From:    "Grieve, Andrew" <andrew.grieve (at) kcl.ac.uk>
Date:    Thu, January 24, 2013 5:03 pm
To:      "contact (at) cleanairuk.org"
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Hi,
The PDF on this page has loads of great projects school kids can do. It's
not exactly what the writer is after, they're looking at how the parents
can do monitoring.
http://www.london.gov.uk/cleanairschools
There are some low cost air quality sensors out there now but the
engineering of them is still in its infancy and they're generally not yet
able to produce as accurate data as the big expensive machines.

http://www.mappingforchange.org.uk/ have done some diffusion tube projects
with local communities also.


Andrew

-----Original Message-----
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Clean Air
Sent: 19 January 2013 12:14
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Subject: [cleanairuk_news] Do-it-yourself pollution monitoring?

Can you help Chris from Winchester (England) with his enquiry:


I am interested in asking the AQcommunity for advice on how one can go
about do-it-yourself pollution monitoring.

We have in Winchester an interested group of mothers with children at
school close to one of the worst traffic streets in Winchester.
They want to involve the children in a project to measure pollution in
some way.  So they are looking for something pretty cheap in the way of
kit and imaginative, visual ways of demonstrating air pollution.  I can
vaguely see how you might pick up particulates with filter papers or
sticky tape on window ledges etc., But I guess the gases are a bit more
difficult to deal with.

Do you think there is anyone out there in the AQ community who will have
done DIY monitoring or been involved in simple projects of this nature?
Or do we have to just rely on the people with the big expensive machines?

Any leads would be valuable.

All best
Wishes
Chris



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