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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.

The bard campus station

The Bard campus station (on the roof of Stevenson Library) monitors air temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, dew point, wind speed, gust speed, wind direction, solar radiation, photosynthetic active radiation, and precipitation, using a HOBO Onset weather station. The station is also equipped with sensors from PurpleAir and QuantAQ which measure particulate matter. See the live data streams below.

 

Air Quality Egg: Real-Time Data Science

We’re using 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:

Kingston Air Quality Initiative (kaqi)

One focus of our lab is quantifying and tracking energy-related aerosols at the local scale. Our suite of monitoring equipment allows us to track parameters linked to activities such as commercial and residential heating, construction, and transportation. 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.

Community-driven Science

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.

Environmental Monitoring

The Community Sciences Lab collects and analyzes water samples for sewage-indicating bacteria, turbidity, chlorophyll a, colored dissolved organic material, phycocyanin, and optical brighteners.

Water Quality Data