Press: the co-relation between low-cost air quality sensors and citizen empowerment in pollution fight

Some weeks ago, the multimedia information platform Vox Media’s The Verge contacted our project leader and senior researcher Nuria Castell for a science article on the role cheap air-quality sensors are transforming the pollution-fight scenario. Together with other experts in the field, she highlights the potential of a crowd of individuals monitoring air data particles that can cover a considerable extension of land, opposite to the high-accuracy sensors, which are more expensive and difficult to access.

As explained in the article, the combination and contrast of information between the two sources are not only enriching the amount of information that is available for scientists to study air pollution, but also providing citizens with tools to face regulatory bodies and decision-makers when it comes to urban planning that affects their health and well-being.  

This reasoning positively aligns with our project goals and vision. In NordicPATH, we aim to create a strong network of fixed high-quality sensors and low-cost sensors that provide us with substantial Air Quality data to inspire and ground the actions of our participatory urban planning labs to create healthier, smart, and sustainable cities.

You can read the article here.