Researchers at Newcastle & Northumbria Universities have published the report on their study which used AQMesh to measure air quality around schools in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
A network of 22 AQMesh pods was originally deployed in collaboration with Newcastle University and Newcastle City council to monitor air pollution outside schools near major traffic routes. The main objectives of the study were to determine levels of NO2, PM1, PM2.5 and PM10 - and whether these exceeded the WHO guidelines - as well as estimate children’s exposure to harmful particles.
Data from the pods showed that several of the 12 schools in the study exceeded both WHO and UK air quality regulations for short-term NO2 and PM10 concentrations and all 12 schools exceeded the guidelines short-term PM2.5 exposure.
Other findings showed higher levels of all pollutants during the winter months compared to summer, and increases in NO2 concentrations during the typical morning and evening commuter traffic.