Are you aware what is important for your health? High quality food, physical exercises, mental and emotional balance and intelligence about everything in life, but what about the air that we breathe? You usually don't eat all the time. You don't exercise without stop, but if you are alive, you breathe! Are you aware of its quality? Maybe, but maybe not.
Air pollution occurs when chemicals or particles are introduced into the Earth's atmosphere. They pose serious health and environmental threats. Some air pollutions comes from natural sources but most air pollution results from human activities. However, they remain invisible to the naked eye.
Making the Invisible Visible
Networks of air quality sensors can be found in cities throughout the globe, as well as a growing number of self-made particle sensors. Incorporating and visualizing the collective data is the first step to increasing public awareness of air pollution and its detrimental effects on our health.
Making a Difference
This application uses data from Luftdaten - an ambitious project that began 2 years ago in Stuttgart, Germany. Concerned about what they saw as deficiencies in official monitoring, German citizen scientists developed a tool for measuring airborne particulates that anyone can build.
Public awareness is the first step towards taking definitive action against air pollution. Making public transit cleaner and more attractive, reducing the impact and appeal of driving, making urban logistics cleaner and more efficient and encouraging active travel and participation with actions in what matters to your health are just a couple of the long-term goals set by this project.
We are what we breathe.
This application uses a transformed, mobile friendly copy of the open data that the original German project collects. The features implemented in the application are:
Displaying the most fresh sensor's data on a map view.
Tracking the values of the sensor that is most closer to you at any time, so you could be aware that you are located in region with very polluted air so you could do something about it. Like:
- Prophylactic-ally wear a mask
- Direct your attention to what exactly is causing the pollution and try to minimize or totally eliminate the source of the pollution.
- Plant more trees because - they clean the dust in the air, they actually make it good and healthy, full of oxygen.
Some functionality planned for the future that need some more development are:
- Subscription and monitoring of the values of your favorite sensors.
- Collect and display statistical data how much time you've spend in locations with dusty air.