‘Hyperlocal’ air mapping in London with smart sensors and Google Street View cars
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and C40 - a network of cities committed to bold action on climate change - have launched a cutting-edge new project to better understand Londoners' exposure to air pollution around the city. Sensors measuring harmful pollution in tens of thousands of locations will be combined with air quality modelling to produce hyperlocal air quality mapping.
From July, new fixed and mobile sensors will be rolled out across London's streets. 100 fixed sensors will be fitted to lampposts and buildings in the worst affected areas and sensitive locations, and two dedicated Google Street View cars will be driving across the city, mapping air pollution at an unprecedented level of detail. CERC's renowned ADMS-Urban model will be used together with the sensor data to generate hyper-local air quality mapping both for nowcasts and forecasts, and for policy studies.
The project will be run by a team of air quality experts led by the charity Environmental Defense Fund Europe, in partnership with Air Monitors Ltd., Google Earth Outreach, CERC, University of Cambridge, National Physical Laboratory, and the Environmental Defense Fund team in the United States. The press release gives more information on the project.