Flushing Bay, Queens, 2020. Testing air for possible Covid19 contamination from sewage-infected waterways.

Air Quality Monitoring

The Community Sciences Lab continuously monitors particulate matter concentrations and weather conditions to support ongoing air quality research and community science projects. Monitoring stations located on Bard’s campus and across the Hudson River in the city of Kingston, at the Kingston Air Quality Initiative (KAQI) log and transmit data in real-time to publicly available web-based dashboards.

We collaborate with communities by providing them the data they need in order to move forward on the development and implementation of unified community response to pollutants that may pose a public health concern.

Air Quality Data

The Bard campus station (on the roof of Stevenson Library) is equipped with a HOBO Onset weather station, which monitors the following air quality parameters:

  • air temperature 
  • barometric pressure 
  • dew point, relative humidity & precipitation 
  • wind direction 
  • solar radiation & photosynthetic active radiation 

The station is also equipped with sensors from PurpleAir and QuantAQ which measure particulate matter at different sizes. See the live data streams below.

The Kingston Air Quality Initiative (KAQI), a pilot project launched in collaboration with the City of Kingston and the Kingston Conservation Advisory Council, focuses primarily on monitoring particulate matter 2.5 at the neighborhood scale in Kingston, New York. 

Since January 2020, a small network made up of high- and low-cost monitoring equipment has been deployed atop the Andy Murphy Neighborhood Center as well as on both the interior and exterior of a few private residences to monitor PM 2.5 long term.

We’re also testing continuous monitoring technology from Air Quality Egg to establish air quality data stations around the Hudson Valley. Check out some of the data collected from these stations at the links to the right:

Water Quality Data

We’ve partnered with community watershed groups to collect valuable water quality data. The data and information we’ve gathered has helped communities to establish a better understanding of how water supplies are changing over time, and become more accountable to the health of their watershed.

We monitor a variety of water quality parameters using handheld probes, continuous monitoring sondes, and grab samples tested in the Community Sciences Lab.