Bicycle Air Monitoring

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The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has three official air monitoring stations in Hamilton that collect data and provide live air quality reports and daily forecasts.  Hamilton has a land area of over 276,000 acres and is far too large for the stations to give the full picture of Hamilton’s air quality.

Environment Hamilton’s Bicycle Air Monitoring (BAM) problem fills in the gaps by equipping volunteers’ bicycles with devices to monitor air quality as they travel around the City.  After the data is collected, an online map will be created to highlight the amount of inhalable (PM10) and respirable (PM2.5) particulate matter.

Not only does the collected data give more comprehensive air quality information to Hamiltonians, it also provides Environment Hamilton with valuable data of air quality patterns that influence our health.


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