- Have you ever wondered about the quality of air you breathe at home, at work, and in between?
- Do you bicycle to work for the exercise benefits (or want to!), but worry that it increases your exposure to air pollution?
- Are you a teacher interested in exposing your students to real-world data?
The Real-time, Affordable, Multi-Pollutant (RAMP) air quality monitor measures carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), ozone (O3), and fine particulate mass (PM2.5). It was developed by CMU's Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies (CAPS) and SenSevere, a local start-up. Several RAMPs have already been deployed in and around Pittsburgh (see images below.)
We are looking for volunteers to host the RAMP sensors in more locations in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County to improve our knowledge of air quality in our neighborhoods. Volunteers would provide a secure flat space (yard area or flat roof 1-2 stories high) or a pole, access once or twice a month for maintenance as needed, and power (energy usage is similar to a 60W bulb running 24x7.) We provide the RAMP sensor, mounting equipment, extension cords as needed, installation and maintenance. We can also provide data access through a website/mobile app, and host educational workshops. Contact us!