Hi there! Welcome to the Oslo Citizens' Observatory.

With the appearance of new low-cost sensor technologies, monitoring air pollution is in the hands of everyone. These novel sensor technologies open the opportunity to monitor air quality at spatial resolutions not possible to reach with traditional monitoring systems. Low-cost sensors are small, portable and easy to use. Citizens like you can now contribute to monitor the environment. In the next years, low-cost sensors will transform the way we describe and understand air pollution.

Oslo Citizens’ Observatory is part of the European research projects CITI-SENSE and Citi-Sense-MOB. Our goal is to raise awareness and increase public participation on air pollution issues in Oslo. To do that we will combine new sensor technology, information and communication technologies platforms and participatory methods.

The technology is very novel, and there are still challenges in the use of the sensor data. However, sensors will be part of our future. Studying how sensor technologies for air quality monitoring can be part of our life and anticipating their use is our goal.

We are looking for volunteers to participate in the Oslo Citizens’ Observatory. 


Oslo CO Final event - Takk for innsatsen!

 I løpet av de siste 12 månedene har vi installert 51 luftkvalitetssensorer i Oslo-
barnehager, 32 frivillige har testet bærbare sensorer (LEOs), og 195 interesserte har installert CityAir-appen og delt mer enn 300 observasjoner. I tillegg har vi fått over 300 svar på den nettbaserte undersøkelsen vår, og rundt 150 har engasjert seg på Facebook.

Som takk vil vi gjerne få invitere dere til en felles avslutning av denne delen av prosjektet. Vi byr på mat, drikke og en oppsummering av det vi har funnet ut, og håper så mange som mulig har lyst til å komme. Det blir også tid til å dele egne erfaringer med oss og de andre som har bidratt, og så avslutter vi med kake.

Tid, sted & program:
1. september 2016, kl. 16.30-19.00
      16.30-17.00: Lett servering
      17.00-18.30: Presentasjon av resultatene (noe på engelsk) og åpen mikrofon
      18.30-19.00: Kake!
Forskningsparken i Oslo, Toppsenteret
Gaustadalléen 21, 0349 Oslo

Klikk her for påmelding innen 26. august, så vet vi hvor mye mat og kake vi trenger!


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Take our survey about air quality in Oslo

Do you live, work or study in Oslo? What do you think about the air quality in the city? We would like to get your opinion! 

You can help us understand how Oslo dwellers perceive air quality issues in the city by completing a short, anonymous online survey. It should only take 10 minutes. The results will be made public on this web site.

We will close the survey on 30th June. Give us your opinion is you still have not done it!

Open survey in EnglishOpen survey in Norwegian


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Try the CityAir app

Air pollution is invisible but it affects people’s health. With the CityAir app you can help to colour the air pollution by rating the air quality where you are: green if air quality is very good, yellow if air quality is good, orange is air quality is poor and red if air quality is very poor. You can also indicate the source of the pollution (i.e. traffic, wood burning, industry, etc.) and write a comment.

Your contributions will help to create a citizens air quality map. Other users will be able to see your air quality rates and comments in real-time. Some people are very sensitive to air pollution and your information can help them to avoid polluted areas. Please head over to the CityAir page to get more information about the app.

You can download the app through the Google Play Store, or on the Apple App store.  

 Get it on Google Play          


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View and download air quality data

You can now check the air quality data collected in Oslo using the static sensors deployed in kindergartens in Oslo and the air quality perception reported by citizens using the CityAir app. Visit the browse data page.


  

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Test new sensor technologies to monitor air pollution

Low-cost sensor platforms are making easier to monitor air pollution. These new platforms are cheaper, easier to use and smaller than traditional monitoring equipment. They can be deployed in the city in places like street lamps or balconies, mounted in public transport vehicles or in bicycles and carried by people in their normal day life.

We are testing static sensors in 17 kindergartens in Oslo. Many kindergartens are located in areas that occasionally have high outdoor air pollution. We aim to give them personalized information and what can be done to reduce the children exposure to air pollution.

We have integrated air quality sensors and On-Board-Diagnosis (OBD) sensors in two buses from Nobina to monitor nitrogen dioxide concentrations and carbon emissions. Public transport can help us to track air pollution in Oslo streets.

Oslo volunteers wearing personal sensors.

During April and May, 40 volunteers carried an air quality monitor for one week.

The data that they gather can help to develop statistics along routes and create a more detailed map of air pollution highlighting the green and hot spots areas regarding air quality.

Thank to all of the participants!

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