Citizen’s science, governance and participation

On friday June 16th the national AiREAS (air quality) citizen’s science team gathered in Eindhoven again to:

  • determine the strengthening of the local city ILM measurement network in Eindhoven,
  • share experiences throughout the Netherlands
  • citizen’s science in Rotterdam

We talked about the quality of sensor workshops in Germany, the challenges of the ILM in Eindhoven to get to robustness with citizen’s science, the engagement of new partners and the transition of experimental initiatives towards well established platforms in which we can guarantee the integral quality. All insights have been worked out into the AiREAS plan 2017 for Eindhoven in such a way that we can safely expect to expand the networks without pioniering problems throughout the regions and support governance, business development and citizen’s participation. All directed at cocreation of regional quality of life.

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Dr. Swati’s why and our how on pollution and climate issues

The popular Dr. Swati TV show on health in India and partner of STIR, has released her first English message on world environment day. It is a powerful animated 7 minute call for action on pollution, explaining why:

STIR introduced the how already 6 years ago by inviting all stakeholders into a new level of accountability where we all take responsibility together for health. It is referred to as Sustainocracy, a level 4 awareness driven cocreation:

Such level 4 interaction is showing to be a mayor driving force for values driven innovation, new waves of labour development and a healing mechanism for the human species, our societies, our relationship with the environment and our economies.

workshop air quality citizen initiatives

International workshop for neighborhood air quality measurements and social/societal innovation, including sensors and AiREAS networked citizen’s initiatives.

workshop AiREAS UK - Untitled Page

Carfree city as challenge for a 24 hour hackathon in Eindhoven

A hackathon is a venture in which anyone with creative interests can hack the city by using data and tools to come up with the most outrageous or useful innovative prototypes. The challenge formulated by AiREAS (Healthy city, air quality and city dynamics) is about future mobility: http://hackeindhoven.nl/future-mobility/

The car has been the  biggest mistake in cities for many reasons. The only reason why we use the car is a perception of ease and comfort. Beyond the city the car has provides us individually with a sense of freedom and extended reach. Nowadays, with current levels of traffic jams, this freedom is only an illusion yet in cities the discomforts have always been accumulating and only justified by economic lobbies at the expense of environmental and health welbeing.

What is the alternative?

mobiliteit

Change!

Biomass Eindhoven

AiREAS joined the visit of the biomass installation in Eindhoven by invitation of the civilian partners who had expressed their worries about the possible pollution comming from the wood burning facilities.

The visit was open and transparantly conducted by people of the local government. The facility was relatively unique in the South of the Netherlands. It uses many tons of wood particles that are shipped by truck to the installation and burned in a complex process to produce warm water and energy for about 3000 local households. The pollution had been caused during the startup when inefficiencies still occurred in the burning processes. Those had been largely solved producing an as clean as possible stream of energy.

 

Traffic management and air quality

AiREAS has been doing an experiment on integrating traffic management and measurement of air quality. From a technological point of view the integration is not that complicated but doing traffic management and human interaction makes it complex and subject to a diversity of criteria.In the end it was given a NO GO.

You can download here the report aireas-ilm-tms-1-1

 

Ozone behavior remains a riddle

This morning we were surpised with an unexpected peak of Ozone in the city center and our Strijp city quarter. In general, across town the O3 levels were high. But why?



This Ozone behavior we expect in summer when the power of the sunlight causes ozone to develop out of other pollution. But in a cold winter morning? What could be the cause? Fine dust remained low.


Anyone?