Air quality monitoring website launched

Published: May 15, 2011
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Solar-powered sensors monitor pollutant concentrations. ILLUSTRATION: ANAM HALEEM

Solar-powered sensors monitor pollutant concentrations. ILLUSTRATION: ANAM HALEEM

LAHORE: 

The Lahore University of Management Sciences will officially launch a website on Monday that will carry real time information about air pollution at various points in the city.

The VIEW (Volunteer Internet-based Environment Watch) website monitors levels of air pollution at Baghbanpura, Garhi Shahu, Upper Mall, Awan Town, Cantt and Phases 2 and 3 of Defence. Solar-powered sensors have been installed in these regions that determine humidity, temperature, and the levels of carbon monoxide, ozone and nitrogen and sulphur oxides in the air.

The website, which is already functional, can be visited at http://view.lums.edu.pk/. EPD secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiana will officially inaugurate the website at a ceremony at 10.30 am at Lums on Monday.

The project was launched in June 2008 with Rs3.5 million provided by the Environmental Protection Department. Sixty per cent of the funds were used to purchase electrochemical sensors from New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden and the United States, said Jehangir Ikram, chief researcher for the project. Thirty per cent went into paying the research assistant. Five undergraduate students of Lums’ electrical engineering department worked with Ikram for two years on the project.

Ikram said the EPA has pledged to assist his department in expanding the number of sensors from seven to 50 over the next five years. It has also pledged funding for batteries, which last two years for each sensor.

The website will prove useful to environmental science students enrolled in universities across Punjab, said EPA director general Dr Shagufta Shahjahan in a press release. Air quality from other cities will also be monitored and uploaded to the site soon, it read.

Eight other departments of universities in Punjab were provided funding as part of the ‘Collaboration with education institutions for development of indigenous technologies’ project.

These included three departments of the Punjab University, and one each of Kinnaird College for Women University, Lahore College for Women University, Government College University, Agriculture University of Faisalabad and the University of Engineering and Technology Lahore.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 15th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • May 15, 2011 - 1:51PM

    nice..but theres a major glitch though...the website doesnt work…can`t even click on the link properly.Recommend

  • Danish Siddiqui
    May 15, 2011 - 8:06PM

    This is a major achivement for the students and I hope that the government will help our new generation to develop more technologies like that.

    Congradulation to the team Recommend

  • Lobster
    May 16, 2011 - 2:21PM

    This doesn’t even work. 60% on purchase, 30% on salary; blah blah.LUMS should consider its reputation, should properly test before launch.Recommend

  • mansoor
    May 16, 2011 - 3:08PM

    What a joke!!!

    Temperature at Baghbanpura: 25.18 C
    Temperature at Defence phase : 50 CRecommend

  • Ali S
    May 18, 2011 - 6:18PM

    3.5 million? for 7 sensors? almost a million of which went to the RA. they honestly cudnt think of better use for the money, for the environment? or maybe research even. in a country where HEC has vastly cut funds, universities are shutting down watever minimal research they had due to nonavailability of funds, this is the research proejct that came out.

    sad.Recommend

  • ramzan ali
    May 19, 2011 - 1:05AM

    its a very big step which has been taken by the researc team of lums with the collibiration of EPA.It will give the maximum picture that how much of the related areas is contributing the greenhouse gs….Recommend

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