The University of Leeds Living Lab for Air Quality launches during ‘Sus It Out!’ (27th November to 1st December 2017) when student volunteers will learn how to monitor for particulate matter before heading out on campus to collect some data and then returning to base to see the results. This event will launch a twelve month monitoring programme gathering, analysing and mapping air quality in and around the University of Leeds – look out for our monitoring hotspots as you move around campus. 

In addition to this year long monitoring and mapping project, we will also be researching pollution exposure on our key staff and student commuter routes. Volunteers will carry monitoring equipment with them whilst they drive, cycle, walk or sit on public transport so that we can compare how much pollution we are exposed to using different routes and transport methods. We will be publishing the data and the maps through a new dashboard linked to this website as soon as it’s available.

The Living Lab for Air Quality is a collaboration between the Sustainability Service, the School of Earth & Environment, the Institute for Climate & Atmospheric Science (ICAS), the Institute for Transport Studies and the School of Civil Engineering, and we’re working on collaborating with more disciplines too.

The idea behind the project is that we will be able to use the data to help shape our Landscape Strategy to better manage air quality around our campus. We will also be able to use the data to support and drive projects that reduce emissions from vehicles and limit exposure to poor air quality around our University.

There will be lots more information on this webpage soon but for further information in the mean time please contact Thom Cooper in the Sustainability Service.