Evaluating mobile air quality measurements
Evaluating mobile AQ measurements against existing network and new UKRIC base stations
The rise of IoT enabled devices has pushed rapid development and deployment of AQ devices with little or no provenance. Using a unique laboratory and city based calibration standards, in this project we will rotate a range of AQ IoT devices across the city to evaluate the efficacy of monitoring to develop dynamic and fine grained understandings of pollution [UKRI Clean Air programme]
Detecting biological particulates in the urban environment
Primary biological aerosols (PBA) consist of bacteria, viruses, fungal and plant spores, fragments of plant or animal matter and pollen. Accounting for >25% of global organic aerosol emissions, allergenic PBA contribute to chronic diseases that have increased dramatically in the last few decades. For example, the UK has one of the highest prevalence of doctor-diagnosed asthma, affecting around 10% of the adult population. Using a new online method for sampling biological particles, we will be able to profile, for the first time, the contribution from PBA to the urban environment in Manchester. [MRC + NERC]
Quantifying citizen behavioural response to the city environment
Developing mitigation strategies to ‘empower’ people in cities to make informed decisions about behaviour [e.g. moving away from polluted routes]. How do we know this isn't already happening effectively? In this project we would use the new UKRIC infrastructure to evaluate the key factors that dictate citizen response/mobility and behaviour in the City [ESRC / GCRF]
Researchers: Caroline Jay
Personal markers of health effects from environmental stressors.
The use of wearable devices by groups of patients or health individuals will be linked with data collected on air quality, behaviour, and other factors and would allow studies of immediate health responses on air pollution episodes
People's use of public space using camera data
The use of public spaces are known to improve health and wellbeing via several mechanisms, such as by reducing stress and facilitating physical activity. We will try to measure the impact of such space availability on a variety of demographic groups within Manchester.
Air Quality in Manchester Schools
Impact on children
According to scientists at the University of Manchester, levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and PM10s – the most noxious pollutants coughed out in exhaust fumes – contribute to at least 2,000 premature deaths in the region every year. We are working closely with schools in Manchester to assess the potential impact on children.