After receiving £1000 funding in November, Mapping for Change called for up to four communities to conduct air quality monitoring work in their local area. Each community would undertake a month-long monitoring process during February 2015, placing plastic diffusion tubes in strategic areas to measure nitrogen dioxide levels.
Earlier this week, representatives from the selected communities of Hackney, Lambeth, Catford and Silvertown popped into the Mapping for Change offices to collect their air quality mapping packs. These packs contained all the equipment needed to carry out the monitoring: maps, instructions, and (most importantly) the tubes themselves!
Over the next month, between 30-45 diffusion tubes will be in place throughout each local area. In March, the tubes will be collected and returned to Mapping for Change: we will then send them off for analysis, and map the data once it is returned to us.