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Care for Air? Dare to Act!

What cannot be measured cannot be managed. This is a basic mantra of management including, crisis management. Fortunately, no we have technologies that enable online and real-time measurements and collect data with the help of IoT (Internet of Things). We can also use Big Data Analytics for modelling the air-mass movement and AI (Artificial Intelligence) for predictive scenarios.

More good news is the students from universities are poised to take front benches in using such technologies. Smart Campus Cloud Network (SCCN), a flagship project of TERRE Policy Centre has deployed such youth's potential. With the help of Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), TERRE has launched an initiative in the university campus of MIT-World Peace University. (sccnhub.com)

Air pollution and Climate change are the two sides of the same coin. Both are the manifestations of human-induced activities. The third dimension is the meteorology, which is unfortunately beyond the control of humans.

Mexico city, once called as 'bowl of air-pollution soup' due to its bowl-like geographical location and uncontrolled transport and factories that belched our carbon, sulfur, ozoneand nitrogen pollutants in 1980s and 1990s now has been able to reign the air pollution to nearly 50 percent, though not totally got rid of it.

Beijing, once competed with New Delhi as the most polluted city in 2016-17 has been able to reduce the air pollution by 30 percent in a short time. Now, it is embarking on long term plans to ensure smooth running of winter Olympics of 2022.

In New Delhi, as per yesterday's report (15th Nov 2019) on IITM's portal SAFAR-India, 'the overall Delhi Air Quality Index (AQI) shot up very fast towards higher side of the SEVERE category'. IITM has been able to measure pollutants on real time basis, wind directions and air-mass movement, stubble burning sites with the help of ISRO satellite and predict the weather and rain patterns based on climate modelling. Based on its predictive analytics, it has forecast moderate pollution (down from Severe) over next few weeks.

IITM has been able to make attribute-analysis every day for the extent of pollution to specific sources like transport, stubble burning, industry including power-plants, construction and others. This would help government and business to take actions as short-term measure and policy-making as long term measure.

The students of MIT-WPU in Pune have been for last few months measuring PM 2.5 online and real time to see the seasonal trends and infer what actions are needed. Measuring instrument has been purchased by the MIT, but the algorithm and protocol to take the measurements on national portal of SAFAR-India is developed by students with the help of IITM.

SCCN would continue campus revolution against air-pollution. 800+ universities in India would serve as dots for actions in campus and when connected by cloud network, it would prove to be predictive network to take action against air-pollution. SCCN is the project that promotes learning by doing and acting without debating.
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Air Quality Service

Today : 27-01-2020

AQI
152

Moderate

Leading Pollutant : PM 2.5

Pollutant

Value

Description

PM 10 109
Moderate
PM 2.5 152
Moderate

Health Advisory: Very sensitive people should consider reducing longer/heavy exertion and heavy outdoor work.

Health Risk: Minor health issues for sensitive people, no problem to he general public.