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

Get involved!

If you are interested in the project, and would like to try your hand at air quality monitoring, we have a variety of volunteering opportunities for you to do so. Head to our volunteering pages to register your interest or contact us directly here.

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. It will support and drive projects that reduce emissions from vehicles and limit exposure to poor air quality around our University. There will soon be a ‘live’ air pollution concentration map on the Centre of Excellence for Modelling Atmosphere and Climate (CEMAC) website. Until then, here is an initial concentration map showing particulate matter concentrations on campus (please click here for the interactive version)

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.

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.