Better air quality thanks to citizens of Gothenburg
Citizens of Gothenburg who often stay in or pass through Kungsparken can now participate in a Nordic study to improve air quality in the city.
By piecing together different types of measurement results with the citizens' experiences, the ambition is to create a dialogue about how to plan the city from an air quality perspective.
Since the spring of 2021, several sensors have been deployed around Kungsparken to collect particles and nitrogen dioxide. It is the research project NordicPATH that is mapping air pollution by collecting and measuring particles and the content of nitrogen dioxide.
“During the autumn we also ask the help of the public to supplement the results of the sensors. We will allow a number of citizens to borrow sensors that measure air quality. The sensors can be attached to a bike or baby carriage, for example. We are primarily looking for people who often move through Kungsparken,” says Jonathan Westerlund, investigator at the environmental administration of the City of Gothenburg.
The project has produced a survey through which the researchers hope to get a broad picture of how people experience Kungsparken in general, but also, more specifically, from an air quality perspective. You can fill it in anonymously, but you also have the option to register your interest in borrowing a sensor to measure the air quality where you move about in the city.
Goal to offer citizens a healthy living environment
In the City of Gothenburg's environmental and climate program, one of the environmental goals is for citizens of Gothenburg to have a healthy living environment and one of the sub-goals is to increase air quality. The City of Gothenburg collaborates in various initiatives with academia, citizens and businesses to find innovative solutions. Collaborating partners for the measurements in Kungsparken are the City of Gothenburg and IVL Swedish Environmental Institute.
“We hope to create a dialogue between citizens, researchers and officials in the city. By putting different perspectives together, we can perhaps say something about the visitors’ exposure to air pollutants and see if something can be done in the planning of the park that improves conditions for visitors from an air quality perspective,” says Ågot Watne, researcher at IVL Swedish Environmental Institute.
Sustainable Smart Parks
Several Nordic cities are part of the project, which focuses on citizen dialogue. In Gothenburg, the tests are realized within the framework of Sustainable Smart Parks - a collaboration where the city's various green areas are used as test beds to develop sustainable and efficient working methods and innovative products.
"Sustainable Smart Parks gives us easy access to infrastructure, such as lampposts that we can attach our sensors to, but also connections to the Park and Nature Administration, which means that we can ensure that what we create is interesting and relevant to the city," says Ågot Watne.