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West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project

Main Project Information
Goal Achieve healthy homes, jobs, and neighborhoods in West Oakland.
Task Walk and collect air quality data with a wearable sensor
Where Alameda County, California, United States of America, Oakland, Alameda County, California, United States of America

The PM (Particulate Matter) Survey is in the vanguard of regular people collecting data as part of their daily routine using small sensors. Ultimately, this study will lead to the design of lower-cost sensors and instruments. Technology has enabled citizens to take measurements and report data on the Internet.

This initiative provides an opportunity to:
1. engage citizens in air quality monitoring and management practices
2. “fill in the gaps” in state monitoring networks, and
3. use new data sources for scientific research.

The objective of this study is to evaluate the air quality of residential areas in West Oakland. Survey teams use the Dusttrak 8530 to measure the PM levels in the air along specific paths close to homes and schools. The location of the survey team is tracked and recorded by the AMOD Global Positioning System unit. Then the PM levels and the location information are shown on a google-style map on the world-wide-web. Ultimately, results of this study may help support near-road PM regulatory programs and determine methods to distribute “citizen science” data.

How to Join

We need data gathers for our “PAM,” personal air monitoring project. You’ll learn about air quality and the health effects of pollution. You will also learn how to use professional air monitoring equipment and GPS devices. Great fun for science geeks and good exercise, too. Each sampling session takes about an hour, so sign up to take a walk for air quality in the Prescott, South Prescott or Clawson neighborhoods. Once a week or once a day, it’s an interesting way to stretch your legs and see your neighborhood and do something about air pollution.

Materials List Dusttrak 8530
Ideal Age Group High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Average Time An hour or so
Tags environmental justice, oakland, the crowd and the cloud
Project Updated 05/23/2018