Enhanced Air Quality Observational Capability for the West Midlands

Enhancing the region’s capability to understand the levels and distribution of air pollutants such as NO2 (nitrogen dioxide gas) and PM2.5  (particulate matter with diameter less than 2.5 micron), quantifying the contributions of sources such as traffic, industry, agriculture and wood burning, and monitoring improvements in air quality from policy interventions.

WM–Air will provide new measurements of the levels of air pollutants (augmenting existing monitoring and addressing gaps in knowledge), enhancing the West Midlands regions capability to understand the levels and distribution of air pollutants such as NO2 and PM2.5

Working with our partners, WM-Air will implement an extended air quality observation capability for particulate (PM) measurement, for targeted regions, and perform high resolution NO2 measurements, and quantify PM sources (specifically exhaust vs non-exhaust) to inform future predictions of PM levels with increased use of alternative fuel and electric vehicles in the West Midlands. 

WM-air will be able to provide guidance and expertise to stakeholders for air quality monitoring and data interpretation. This includes “low cost” sensors, their placement and interpretation of data obtained. 

WM-Air Air Quality Sensor Network in Birmingham

University Lead

Dr. Zongbo Shi

  • Reader, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Key Partners