The impact of air quality, the environmental quality of public spaces in cities and the indoor environment in schools are areas that are of interest to many citizens and other stakeholders. Access to information about air quality varies depending on who is trying to source the information and what the needs of the user are. Furthermore, engaging different groups in identifying what information they seek, how that should be presented and how it can empower users also varies in different groups. The sources used to provide information vary in both quality and quantity. In some areas different information sources can be combined to provide high quality information for example, using government air quality sensors and additional personal sensors. For other issues, such as indoor air quality, very little information is available.
CITI-SENSE aims to develop “citizens’ observatories” to empower citizens to contribute to and participate in environmental governance, to enable them to support and influence community and societal priorities and associated decision making. As part of the CITI-SENSE project, we will develop, test, demonstrate and validate a community-based environmental monitoring and information system using innovative and novel Earth Observation applications. The movie below gives an overview of the project.
Twelve schools in four countries are taking part in the initiative. The schools are listed in the table below, and there is also a map available to show the location of each school.
WHO Guidelines for indoor air quality: http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/128169/e94535.
Environmental Protection Agency USA, information about indoor air quality: http://www2.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq
Scottish Environment Protection Agency Learn about indoor air: http://www.learnaboutair.com/