Schools Weather and Air Quality
Schools Weather and Air Quality

Empowering urban weather research with schools

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  • Inspiring and informing a new generation

Schools Weather and Air Quality (SWAQ) is a citizen science project funded by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science as part of its Inspiring Australia - Citizen Engagement Program. SWAQ will improve urban weather and air quality measurements around Sydney by placing meteorological and air quality sensors in its schools. Students will collect and analyse research quality data for use in science and geography curriculum-aligned classroom activities. The data will also be freely available online to the public and researchers via this website, enabling everyone to visualize the data and the current weather and air quality of each school's location.

 
  • What are our goals?

Educate and Inspire

By engaging students in local meteorology and explaining the science behind our methods, SWAQ will increase the community’s knowledge and awareness about their changing local urban environment and city, empowering us all to make positive changes to our environment. By increasing student participation in science, we hope to enhance interest in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) courses and careers.

Big data collection

We will provide research-standard data that will add value to existing meteorology and air quality networks. International researchers and the public will be able to use the data, whether it be for scientific research, or to use the mapping and graphing tools we will develop on this website to visualize real-time conditions around Sydney. The data collected can be used to inform decisions on residential and school energy use and mitigate weather-related health risks.

 
600
— Targeted students
30
— Targeted schools
10
— Targeted Suburbs
 
  • Discover

  AIR QUALITY IN NEW SOUTH WALES   Current and completed research on air quality in New South Wales from the NSW government Office of Environment & Heritage.

AIR QUALITY IN NEW SOUTH WALES

Current and completed research on air quality in New South Wales from the NSW government Office of Environment & Heritage.

  HOW  IS WESTERN SYDNEY TACKLING THE 'HEAT ISLAND' EFFECT?   Article published by the ABC detailing what Western Sydney councils are doing to counteract increasing temperatures in urban areas.

HOW  IS WESTERN SYDNEY TACKLING THE 'HEAT ISLAND' EFFECT?

Article published by the ABC detailing what Western Sydney councils are doing to counteract increasing temperatures in urban areas.

  BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY METEYE(TM)   Track live weather updates with the Bureau's MetEye(TM).

BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY METEYE(TM)

Track live weather updates with the Bureau's MetEye(TM).

  AIR POLLUTION IN INDIA   India was struck by a deadly dust storm in May 2018. This video from the ABC discusses India's severe air pollution in November 2016. What were it’s causes? How should it be addressed?

AIR POLLUTION IN INDIA

India was struck by a deadly dust storm in May 2018. This video from the ABC discusses India's severe air pollution in November 2016. What were it’s causes? How should it be addressed?

 

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