The Breathing Spaces team was celebrating yesterday as we have now got 2 air quality sensor boxes installed and collecting data in St Denys! Huge thanks to the residents and local organisations who have agreed to be part of the project, not to mention to the sensor team at the University of Southampton. We will be carrying out further installations over the next few weeks and we’re looking forward to analysing all the data.
If you’d like to get involved in the project, not just by hosting a sensor but by sharing your skills, insights and local knowledge, please do get in touch.
APRIL UPDATE: We now have 6 sensor boxes in total installed in and around St Denys – 3 in different locations on Priory Road, 1 on Kent Road, 1 on St Denys Road and 1 on Portswood Road.
The Breathing Spaces project is underway in St Denys!
We started off in January with some site visits around the neighbourhood to find some good locations for air quality sensors – we want to get a good idea of local air quality both on busy roads and in quieter spots. Over the next couple of weeks we will have 4 to 6 multi-sensor boxes installed in different locations across the area and will start to produce some graphs of the data to share with everyone.
The boxes, provided by the University of Southampton, will measure real-time levels of particulate matter as well as temperature and humidity. We will make the data from the sensors available online and use them to inform our conversations around clean air.
The image below is taken from the Government air quality monitor on the A33, which shows spikes in roadside air pollution in January this year, and the need to have a greater number of sensors around the city. (The annual legal limit for both nitrogen dioxide and PM10 is 40ug/m3).
We have also started having conversations with residents to find out where they think local pollution hotspots are, the causes of poor air quality in the neighbourhood and what we could do about them. We will be adding these comments to our online air quality map, which is in development. Watch this space! 🙂