D-NOSES is a three-year EU funded research project which aims to provide a solution to the largely neglected issue of odour pollution, changing the traditional top-down approach for a bottom-up one. The lack of regulation from authorities around odour pollution is mainly due to it being difficult to reliably measure and the potential solutions being costly to implement.
Project partners in the UK, Europe and further afield are working with affected communities to co-design citizen science projects to map the odour issues and embrace the ‘power of many’ to reliably monitor odour. In tandem, we are working with odour emitting industries, regulators and researchers to explore possible actions to address odour.
Mapping for Change has started one such pilot in the Royal Docks area of East London. Historically the area has always suffered with odour issues (read an interesting account), and although some of these have been resolved, there are still several sources of odour affecting communities. We are working with the odour emitting industries and services, the local authority and communities to address ongoing and potential odour issues. We are asking residents to help us build a map of any odours in the area by recording their daily observations and experiences of smell. By coming together to create a bigger picture, we can combine this with other information, such as meteorological data, and then work with the industries and services to explore potential action.
If you are a resident or visitor around the Royal Docks, please contribute to this pioneering project! To record your odour observations please visit the map, register and then start adding your experiences. Although designed to be user-friendly, you can view our mapping user-guide for more information.
In 2012, the Big Lottery Fund in England invested £1 million in 150 neighbourhoods for its Big Local initiative. Northfleet, Kent, was one of the first 50 to be selected. The grant aimed to equip local communities with skills and tools to identify key areas and issues where action was reqiored in their area.
Love Lambeth Air provided local people with the materials and support required to collect measurements for nitrogen dioxide across a number of streets in Lambeth, providing a detailed picture of air quality in their local area.
Mapping for Change produced a Climate and Community Action Map, to inform people about initiatives happening in their local area. As there are thousands of organisations and projects that could be displayed, there is no one organisation that has a comprehensive list so any mapping will need to rely on local people’s knowledge and readiness to add their work to the map.