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A unified approach to the air quality agenda, Air-PoT results

Workshop June 28, 2021

Applying a unified approach to the problem of air pollution is undoubtedly the most beneficial way, however, what does such an approach involve and what are the obstacles?

This Air-PoT workshop comes after feedback from the previous two workshops, extensive research and consultation on how the clean air agenda is being tackled at the local level.

Innovative work is currently underway at the level of some local authorities with clean air zones, but the impact of these is undoubtedly far from producing significant and immediate changes on air quality. .

Current air quality sensor data has been found to be poor resulting in inaccurate results; there needs to be standardization of air sensors and the data they produce across the UK.

Many factors, both natural and man-made, make it difficult to predict air quality, although much research is being done on modeling the dispersion of air pollution to accurately predict pollution intensity. atmospheric.

The work is far from over. Air-PoT Believes AI Could Produce Another Viable Air Pollution Forecast; combining this with air dispersion modeling could significantly improve the quality of the information.

The aim of the workshop is to explore a unified approach to air pollution and what it really means. Air-PoT aims to support this process by disseminating its own findings in an attempt to shed light on this topic.

Dr Hafiz Alaka, senior academic researcher at Air-PoT, director of the Big Data Technologies and Innovation Lab (for construction and infrastructure) at the University of Hertfordshire, said:

“With the potential to include geospatial data that affects dispersion (eg, construction data, green spaces, data on streets, intersections, among others) as variables, the potential for a model Highly accurate AI + Big Data is unlimited. “

What were the learnings

  • Air pollution is not only caused by pollution from car exhaust fumes or industrial pollution, but it has many sources.
  • Indoor pollution is just as worse but has received little attention.
  • Many academic institutions are working on modeling atmospheric dispersion using the power of science and mathematics, but it is far from producing tangible results.
  • Lack of a common approach between technology, academia and clean air policy groups.
  • Patients and health-conscious individuals still do not have access to precise, localized forecasts they can use to avoid polluted areas.
  • The local approach is to place air quality on the CAZ agenda but in all departments and communities.
  • Disunity in the way of combating air pollution.

Some facts about toxic air quality in the UK;

  • Air pollution is the biggest environmental threat to health in the UK, with between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths per year attributed to long-term exposure. [https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-health-england-publishes-air-pollutionevidence-review]
  • Each year, £ 5.3bn in the NHS budget [Public Health England 2020]
  • 9 out of 10 people breathe air that exceeds the limits of WHO guidelines [https://www.who.int/health-topics/air-pollution]
  • Add to this the era of Covid-19 where thousands of people who have suffered from Covid 19 have fortunately survived but find themselves with serious respiratory problems made worse by air pollution.

Simon Chambers, Air-PoT operations manager, said:

“Developing the Air-PoT solution in collaboration with several collaborators only reinforced the importance of working from a multifunctional and multidisciplinary perspective to maximize the effectiveness of solutions for combating air pollution. “

The implementation of government regulations on reducing air pollution towards net zero carbon emissions has, to some extent, resulted in reduced air pollution levels for some particulates over the past decade.

Nonetheless, the available data is not sufficiently granular to allow sufferers to understand pollution levels in their local areas, or exercise routes or a place to visit. Instead, it’s usually city-wide or city-wide data that is available, and this only provides information that cannot really be used to guide their day-to-day actions or plan their future activities. .

Victims demand a solution they can use to help them improve their quality of life by accessing data granular enough to enable them to understand pollution levels in their local areas, or exercise routes or location to location. to visit.

“If we are united, there is nothing we cannot do. “- [Ray Nagin]

The speakers include:

Dr Nazir OBE – Head of Air-PoT innovation strategy and operation

Mohammad Nazir is currently President of Smartella Ltd, an EdTech online technology platform. He is a renowned entrepreneur who has established and supported the commercialization of many companies in the digital technology sector as well as many other sectors.

For more than 20 years, he sat on regional and national strategic councils in the support of business creation, the support strategy for SMEs, innovation, incubation, international trade, health and the economy to name a few.

He is also well known for his tireless work on diversity and inclusion. In 2010, he received an “OBE” for “Service to Business”.

Professor Ranjeet Sokhi – Director of the Center for Atmospheric and Climate Physics Research (CACP), University of Hertfordshire

Ranjeet Sokhi is director of the Center for Atmospheric and Climate Physics Research (CACP). It has nearly 200 publications in major international journals, conference proceedings and reports.

His research focuses on the dynamics and composition of the troposphere with particular emphasis on the physical and chemical processes affecting air quality, interactions with climate and exposure and the resulting health impacts at scales local and regional.

He is an advisor for DEFRA, WHO, WMO and PHE. He was a member of the UK Government’s Air Quality Modeling Steering Group and the AQSELG Prediction Capacity Sub-group. Professor Sokhi engages with stakeholders on research for policy applications, expert advisory projects and public inquiries.

Ranjeet has participated or coordinated a large number of projects including NERC Clearflo, MESONET / MESOMAQ, AIRTRACK, OSCAR, CAIR4HEALTH, AIR4EU, MEGAPOLI, TRANSPHORM and CREMO (Environment Agency). He is PI for NCAS and coordinates the development of the UK Air Quality Prediction System.

He is currently the UK PI for the MOES / NERC funded PROMOTE project, which focuses on improving air quality forecasting over Delhi, India. It is also a partner of an H2020 project, Assessment, control and mitigation of the environmental impacts of emissions from maritime transport (EMERGE).

He is also chairman of the OMM / GURME Scientific Advisory Group and coordinator of the OMM / GAW PREFIA project on air quality forecasting in Africa.

He was the coordinator of COST 728 on improving mesoscale modeling for air pollution and dispersion applications and participated in action ES1004. He is currently a member of the International Air Quality Modeling Assessment Initiative (AQMEII).

Ranjeet Sokhi has been the Chair of the Air Quality International Conference Series – Science and Application since 1996.

Simon Chambers, Air-PoT operations manager and co-founder of New Leaf Technology Solutions

Managing Director and Co-Founder of New Leaf Technology Solutions, a software services company focused on helping businesses achieve their goals with exceptional software and services.

Simon has over 24 years of software industry experience managing global teams and delivering large-scale cross-functional software solutions and services. His expertise spans the finance, healthcare, manufacturing, gaming, government and entertainment verticals.

Dr Hafiz Alaka – Head of Digital Innovation at Air-PoT

Directs and participates in collaborative research with renowned industrial partners. He has participated in more than eight funded research projects worth over £ 6 million.

Ongoing projects include ‘Emissions Reduction (worth £ 500,000) with Earthsense Limited’ and ‘AutoBIM (worth £ 900,000) with Balfour Beatty’, among three others.

Past projects include modeling deconstruction and salvage information, and big data analysis for construction waste reduction, among others. Other notable partners include AHR Architects, White Frog Publishing, Smallfry, and Counting.

Abdul Hye – Head of Mobile and Web Technologies at Air-PoT

Abdul Hye is the co-founder and CEO of Rasuta, a Birmingham-based research-based engineering company. Abdul leads the software integration and mobile technology team of the AIRPOT project.


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