Citizen Science Programme 2013
This citizen science programme started in April 2013 with communities of place - inside and outside London, and communities of interest - owners of the Air Quality Egg (a digital air pollution monitor), and shops owned by Lush.
- Newham We worked with Stop City Airport who are opposing the expansion of City Airport in the borough of Newham, to survey nitrogen dioxide air pollution around City Aiport. We worked with Friends of the Earth, to survey the pollution levels near Gallions Link - also in the London borough of Newham - where there is a proposal for a new road crossing over the Thames river. News reporting of this project: 'Fears over London's future pollution threat' (13 October 2013) - BBC London http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-24403755
- Greenwich We worked with Greenwich residents and No to Silvertown Tunnel to survey the air pollution in Greenwich around the area where there is a proposal for a new tunnel crossing the Thames between Newham and Greenwich. This new crossing which would add another four lane road to already existing four lanes of the Blackwall Tunnel: creating an eight lane road crossing. Further information at the No to Silvertown Tunnel website: http://www.silvertowntunnel.co.uk
Map: Map shows results of measuring nitrogen dioxide air pollution using gas diffusion tubes in Greenwich (1 project) - south of the river Thames, and Newham (2 projects) - north of the river Thames, in June 2013. Map by Stewart Christie.
Photo: (left photo) Dr Chris Gillham and Edward Agomber, Winchester Citizen Science July 2013. They have attached a gas diffusion tube to the lamp post which measured air pollution;
(right photo) detail of lamp post and a gas diffusion tube to measure nitrogen dioxide air pollution.
We worked with Winchester Friends of the Earth/Winchester Green Party to facilitate their citizen science survey of nitrogen dioxide pollution in July 2013. Read a report about the survey (PDF)
- Air Quality Egg
Photos:. The Air Quality Egg of Mark Tebbutt, Peter Giles (with inset photo) and Jason Neylon showing their position. For Mark and Jason, there's a gas diffusion tube shown. This was a comparison project between digital and analgoue technologies to measure air pollution, July 2013. Photos by the respective owners of the devices.
We worked with three owners of digital air quality monitors - the Air Qualtiy Egg - to compare air pollution measurements taken by analogue technology (gas diffusion tubes) and their Air Quality Egg for nitrogen dioxide air pollution. Jason Neylon was one of the three people who took part in this project. He created a site on GitHub with information (https://github.com/jasonneylon/aqe-vs-tubes-experiment) and he also wrote an article about analysing data from the the Air Quality Egg (http://jasonneylon.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/plotting-air-quality-egg-data-using-r/ ). Information from his Egg is shown here: http://airqualityegg.com/egg/106267 and https://xively.com/feeds/106267. You can follow Jason on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jasonneylon
Photo: Citizen science on the High Street, June 2013 (first photo) Luise Wiehmann (Lush, South Molton Street, London) installs a gas diffusion tube onto the Lush sign; (second photo) James Atherton (Lush, Corn Market, Oxford) reaches up to attach a diffusion tube to the shop sign; June 2013. Photos by Karl Wallendszus.
Staff in two shops owned by Lush Cosmetics, undertook citizen science air pollution monitoring in June 2013. Staff from the shops, in Oxford (Corn Market) and South Molton Street (near Oxford Street, London) measured and compared the levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution in the street outside the shops. Read a report about the survey (PDF)