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Houston Gets Real-time Ozone Sensing Network

Matt Ball on August 20, 2012 - in Projects, Smart Cities

Residents of Houston now have access to a real-time ozone tracking map that is powered by a network of 40 sensors. The new network is funded by a three-year $450,000 grant from Houston Endowment, allowing residents to understand air quality and how that might impact their outdoor activities.

The Houston Clean Air Network (http://houstoncleanairnetwork.org) was developed by University of Houston professors in partnership with the American Lung Association of the Plains-Gulf Region and Air Alliance Houston. The Houston Clean Air Network site contains educational content that defines the ozone and its effect on the human body. The site’s content also explains how ozone can be managed and the precautions one should take if he or she is sensitive to poor air quality.The Ozone Map is a real-time map of the greater Houston area. On the right hand side of the page is a color key reflecting ozone conditions (purple representing “hazardous” and green indicating “good”). At the bottom left-hand side of the Ozone Map page, users will find a field titled “Set Time/Place.” Here, they can enter a specific Houston address where they wish to check air quality levels. The address will then be marked on the map for future site visits. Another field allows users to check past dates and times for air quality.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality provides the site’s air quality data. A team of UH faculty and staff directed by Dan Price, professor in UH’s Honors College and philosophy department, developed the site along with Air Alliance Houston and American Lung Association staff. Other principal UH contributors include Barry Lefer, associate professor of atmospheric science, and staff members from the university’s Texas Learning and Computation Center.

Source: University of Houston

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