Citizen Sense: Digital Environmental Sensing

Citizen Sense: Digital Environmental Sensing


Road Transport is the primary source of emissions in London and now with the diesel scandal obviously a lot of the emissions of reporting is based on modeling not actual use of the cars so… Deptford doesn’t have real-time monitoring infrastructure and it’s not monitoring particulate matter. There is a considerable amount of construction and transport and other pollution generating events and the fabric of Deptford is changing so we wanted to know more about this area and get involved with the local community. We’ve developed a technology called the dust box that looks at air pollution and in particular monitors particulate matter 2.5. It is one of the most measured pollutants and the reason it’s interesting to measure it is because it’s been through lots and lots of different court cases over really the last 20 years. Really any increase in 2.5 there is an increase in health risks associated. This site should have a register of which equipment is on site at any one time although at the moment we haven’t been able to access those registers the PM 2.5 data is also not available in There were a number of days when the particle was over a specific amount where they had to dampen everything down they put the sprayers on so… One of the things that citizen sensing technologies are meant to do, they’re meant to enable, is to allow citizens to collect data not only so they can understand their own individual exposure since official monitoring stations are fixed in particular locations and will show emissions for those spots they won’t necessarily show what your individual exposure is as you move around the city or at your home or in locations where you’re working and so on at the same time it allows people to potentially generate data that could be used to contest or challenge official readings There’s going to be these six metre high ventilation columns that are gonna vent the gaseous build-up from the sewers. Oh no! So the’ll have hydrogen sulfide sensors here… One of the key questions of the citizen sense project is to really ask how do environmental sensing technologies inform people’s relationships to environments and environmental problems while environmental sensors promise to make people more enabled as environmental citizens where they can go out and monitor their own air There’s really a big question about how to ensure that that data is not only somewhat accurate but can also be communicated in such a way as to effect change. Then we can start to look at where the likely emission are coming from, if it’s a local or a regional source… Since we’ve just started monitoring we’re hoping to get much more data so that we can generate quite extensive evidence really about what’s going on in the area when there might be pollution events and then whether those can also be attributed to particular sources. So this is the Marine Wharf’s developments that are going up. Constant noise, constant and then Timbers Yards is right there. and then we’ll have Convoy’s Wharf here. So I think what we really want here in particular is monitoring from now where we have a completed thing to Timber’s Yard, they’ve just raised it and 15 years on we’ll have 40-story towers here. When communities get together to try to ensure that construction sites are being responsible for instance that might also require forms of organisation, community building, communication with policymakers and regulators so that’s what’s quite interesting about using these devices is that they really show that it, while technology can be a way to spark particular forms of engagement they also reinforce the importance of community building. There’s going to be a building here… We have about 30 devices that are in circulation at any given time and people can go to the Deptford library and check out a device if they’re interested to start monitoring and you can see how your data is performing and whether you might be experiencing pollution events you guys are all really engaged which is great you all know what we’re talking about you you all know that these things are bad. The vast majority of the population sees a newspaper story gets worried about 12 hours and then forgets about it and drives their kid to school the next day and leaves their engine on and it’s about involving more of the community, involving the schools…

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