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Posted on: August 24, 2021

Purple Air Monitors Popping Up Around Town


Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency is expanding the tools for citizen science! Citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge. Through citizen science, people share and contribute to data monitoring and collection programs. 

The Agency recently added a few new monitoring tools to expand the citizen science offerings in Southwest Ohio. The new monitors are “Purple Air” devices that provide an accurate and low-cost way to measure smoke, dust, and other particulate air pollution and then collect and report data in real-time via the internet. Take a look for yourself! The Agency plans to locate the monitors at high interest locations and hope to use them as an educational tool in classrooms settings in the future.

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