LAHORE: On Monday, With the collaboration of Cranfield University UK, Punjab University has set up the first air quality monitoring network to make high-resolution Spatio-temporal measurements of air quality.
The sensors have been put at Anarkali, DHA, Johar Town, Bahria Town, Township, PU, Walton, Iqbal Town, and Wapda Town, among other places in the provincial city. The general public, students, academics, institutions, lawmakers, and international agencies will have free access to these sensors, which will offer them real-time data.
The facts collected by the sensors will be utilized to educate the people, and also assist the government and policymakers in controlling the pollution and regulating the pollution-related health risks. Researchers will use this information to measure the influence of air quality on living beings as human, animal, and environmental health.
Earlier Dr. Zulfiqar Ali of the University of Punjab and Dr. Zaheer Ahmad Nasar of Cranfield University has formed collaboration programs to create Pakistan’s capacity for postgraduate research and teaching on air quality management, and is currently working on the project “High-resolution temporal and spatial measurements of air quality throughout Lahore.”
This research is part of a project conducted by Dr. Zaheer Nasar, Professor Neil Harris, and Dr. Chris Walton from Cranfield University in cooperation with Dr. Zulfiqar Ali from the University of Punjab and Dr. Iq Mead (Regional program manager – Atmosphere, ICIMOD, Nepal) under the title of “Allowing minimizing the air quality issues in Hindu Kush Himalaya.” Before setting up this project, Academics from the UK and Pakistan held four workshops.