The researchers of FHJ spent the last year analyzing different sources of particulate matter (PM) as well as the programming of an PM-forecasting APP. The findings were presented on 28th of May on a national mid-term press event held online.
Thanks to the latest measurement technologies, it is possible to analyze smaller and smaller dust particles and to allocate it to their original source like biomass combustion or traffic. During the heating period in the winter 2019/2020 a so called black-carbon monitor was installed in our partner community Thörl to measure the current concentration of particulate matter in the air. Therefore, in cooperation with the federal environmental agency of Austria at the beginning of the heating period a measurement container was established which further recorded the air quality parameters PM10, PM2,5 and nitrogen oxides. Since early May 2020 the BC-monitor is located in Kapfenberg again, where he ever since measures the particulate matter concentration in the environment of the FH JOANNEUM. Now it is time to analyze the data which was collected within this winter measurement campaign. Under the following link it is possible to see online the current by the BC-monitor measured particulate matter data.
The Austrian project team used 20 AirBeam measurement devices to perform a measurement campaign in form of workshops this winter. The portable devices can be used to show the particle concentration in the daily life of citizens. Furthermore, the researchers of the institute Energy, Mobility and Environmental Management of the FH JOANNEUM offered workshops with these portable measurement devices for pupils, students and other interested citizens. The aims of that workshops were to collect particulate matter data in different regions, to share and compare them with the project countries und to therefore contribute to the awareness raising of citizens in the alpine regions.
Another very important project goal of BB-Clean was to develop an APP for mobile phones which displays the current status of particulate matter values as well as giving a forecast for the next few hours. The APP was developed in cooperation with the Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore in Brescia and the institute for Internet Technologies of the FH JOANNEUM. It allows a location related display of the particulate matter situation within the whole alpine space. The calculation of the forecast is done with a meteorological calculation model which also takes wind and precipitation tendencies into account. The APP will be available for free download for Anroid systems soon.