Air Quality Awareness Week 2017

Learn how air quality affects your health during Air Quality Awareness Week, May 1 - 5, 2017. The week is hosted by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA). Learn more about the week

2017 Topics

  • Wildfires
  • Asthma and Air Quality
  • Air Quality Trends
  • Air Quality Around the World
  • Citizen Science

JHU Research on Air Quality

SEARCH: Solutions to Energy, AiR, Climate, and Health - A team of researchers across Johns Hopkins University is working with Yale researchers to examine air quality and health impacts of the energy transition, or changes in where we get our energy supply.

An Air Quality Sensor Network for Greater Baltimore - A team of Johns Hopkins researchers is engaging community partners and neighborhoods to monitor and gather much-needed data on air quality in the Baltimore region.

Assessing the Contribution of Black Carbon Generated by Cookstoves - While this project is not currently active, it is a good example of how an interdisciplinary team of researchers worked together to estimate the regional impact of black carbon, also known as soot, on reional air quality and climate.

Other (non-JHU) Projects

The Village Green Project demonstrates the capabilities of real-time monitoring technology for citizen scientists to learn about local air quality. The program's pilot project in Durham, NC has been able to monitor several common air pollutants in real-time and make the data available online and by smartphone. The Village Green Project is expanding to five other locations across the U.S. to evaluate the station's operation under different weather conditions and to increase awareness of the availability of this new community-based air pollution measurement system. Each station provides minute-to-minute air measurements for ozone, particulate matter, and weather data to the public online. Learn more about the project

A pilot station in Durham, NC is using solar energy to monitor air pollutants and makes
the data accessible to the public. Photo credit: US Environmental Protection Agency

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When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world.
— John Muir