Low cost air quality monitoring by Ms. Priyanka deSouza

Location and Date: 
Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 4:30 pm, LT 104

Rapid urbanization has resulted in increased air pollution in
cities. Air pollution is specifically mentioned under the Sustainable
Development Goal (SDG) 3 (health) and 11 (cities). UNEP has been mandated
to help countries tackle this issue. One of the very first challenges UNEP
faced was the lack of data on air quality. This is because reference air
quality monitoring stations are very expensive (USD 150,000- USD 200,000),
and are thus largely absent from the developing world. In order to collect
data, UNEP is spear heading a shift in paradigm to low cost air quality
monitoring solutions. This talk will detail the pros and cons of low cost
air quality monitoring. In this context, the low cost air quality 

monitoring network that we deployed in Nairobi will be examined.