Mapping for Change

Project

Science in the City

Air pollution is estimated to cause over 4,000 premature deaths in London every year. The severe reality of air pollution is generally much worse than most of us are aware. Citizen Science initiatives are one ways to take action in your local area.

Science in the City is a project that is being carried out with residents in the Barbican and Mansell Street, in the City of London. Residents are using low-tech tools to measure Nitrogen Dioxide and particulates.

Our Role

Commissioned by the City of London, Mapping for Change are providing support and training to enable communities to measure and map air quality. We are also responsible for data analysis and visualisation.

By collecting this data locally, communities have been able to raise awareness and develop strategies and solutions for mediating the negative impact of air pollution.

Community groups made the decision to digitise the data on our Community Maps platform. You can see the findings here.

Dust Storm Mapping – April 2014

A dust cloud caused massive spikes in air pollution during April 2014. Use of hand-held particulate monitors captured the results.

Documentary: Barbican Air Quality Monitoring: A Beacon of Hope for Citizen Science

When this project was advertised around the estate, I thought, ‘that’s something I can get involved with that doesn’t take up a lot of my time’. It’s one of those things where, if you get lots of people doing a little bit, it adds up to something that’s big, and important.” Maggie Urry – Barbican Resident

See the documentary

Read the final report

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