Minneapolis Air Quality Study - Fine Particles
Environmental Services conducts research on air quality within the City. Our studies aim to understand levels of particulate matter in the City and assess potential health risks associated with air pollution.
In this study, AirBeam monitors are attached to bicycles that ride four different routes to collect air samples. The air samples measure extremely small particles that we breathe in but are too small to see.
- 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: include 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 MPD Bike Patrol officers and Traffic Control Officers 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. The 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.
Should you require a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate, or information in an alternative format, please contact 612-673-2301.
Para asistencia 612-673-2700 - Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 - Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.
Last updated Jan 30, 2019