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Changing the air quality diffusion tubes

​Monitoring Air Quality in the City

Why Science in the City?

Science in the City is a way to engage communities and businesses regarding air quality issues. It has enabled individuals and groups to:

  • conduct grassroots air quality data collection
  • visualise air pollution
  • have an improved awareness of air quality matters
  • understand the health impacts of poor air quality
  • explore ways to reduce personal exposure to poor air quality
  • consider potential solutions and responsibilities
  • voice support for increased local action

Barbican Project

Funded by the Mayors Air Quality Fund, the Barbican project ran from October 2013-2014 and over 50 residents in the Barbican area took part. The residents used diffusion tubes around the Barbican to monitor nitrogen dioxide levels and conducted personal exposure monitoring to see how pollution levels vary at different times of the day and in different locations.

A short video was also produced which explores the project and its importance through the eyes of the residents. A City Corporation representative and the Director of Clean Air in London, Simon Birkett, also give their perspective on the importance of these types of initiatives.

Mansell Street Project

Also through the Mayors Air Quality Fund, the City Corporation worked with Mapping for Change to enable residents in the Mansell Street area to monitor nitrogen dioxide levels close to their homes and in the surrounding streets. The aim was for residents to find out more about local air quality and to increase their understanding about air pollution, its causes and effects. The monitoring was conducted between November 2014 and October 2015. The monitoring locations and data collected can be seen via an interactive map.

21 October 2013
Last Modified:
05 February 2019