Minneapolis Air Quality Study - Fine Particles
Goal of Study
Air pollution is a problem. But how can we measure it? How does that affect us?
In this study, AirBeam monitors are attached to bicycles that ride four different bicycle routes to collect air samples. The air samples measure extremely small particles. Particles so small we can't see it; however, we breathe it in. The goal is to better understand personal exposure to fine particles and use this data to analyze the health risks.
Details of Bike Study
- Air monitoring data will be collected for 11 to 15 days during the month of October.
- AirBeam monitors, given to volunteers, collect data on four route categories:Control routes contain 22 routes throughout the City of Minneapolis.
- Commuter routes: allow two volunteers to collect air data that regularly commute to and from work on their bikes.
- Occupational routes: follow an MPD Bike Patrol officer and Traffic control officer to collect air data while on their shifts.
- Freestyle routes: allow a volunteer to collect air data on their own time and locations.
This study uses AirBeam technology to collect air quality data to better understand personal exposure to fine particulate pollution.
- AirBeam uses a light scattering method to measure fine particulates.
- AirBeam monitors wirelessly communicate the data to an AirCasting website. Aircasting website is where data collected by all AirBeam users are crowdsourced, mapped and shows how concentrations of fine particulate pollution vary throughout the City of Minneapolis.
Interact with the route map below or, if you prefer, view the route map on its on own web page.
Last updated Jul 16, 2018