Contributing to the World Air Quality Index project

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con·trib·ute
verb
  • to be a part of a group or an activity and help it to be successful "Davis contributed half of this time to the launch of the project"
  • to give money, goods, or your time and effort in order to achieve something "he contributed more than $500 to the center"
  • help to cause or bring about. "gases that contribute to global warming"
The World Air Quality project might look big, but it is actually a small and motivated team who is doing the work. Even though we are already busy every day maintaining the project, there are many things that we still want to achieve:
  • Open Data Platform for accessign real-time and historical Air Quality Data
  • World Ensemble forecast modeling
  • Statistical and deep learning based data facts
  • Researching new accurate sensors for gas pollutants
  • New visualization solutions for the real-time observations and forecast
  • API for accessing the real-time observations and forecast
  • Time travel Machine - for seeing the air quality at any day back in time
  • Applications for i-phone, Windows 10, etc..
We also want to spend time of less technical matters, such as writing more vulgarization articles:
  • Health effect of sulfur dioxide for area close to volcanic mountains
  • Ultra fine particles (PM1) - are they more dangerous than PM2.5 and is it worth measuring them.
  • CO2 - is it an outdoor air pollutant, a climate warmer or an indoor pollutant?
  • Indoor Air Quality - what are the pollutant to be aware of?
  • As well as the translations to new languages
And those are just few of the things - the list will get much longer over time!

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As one can imagine, the current project team is just too small to be able to handle all of this work, and this is why we need help. Your help!

If you would like to contribute with your own time, then welcome to the team. We do believe a motivated team is much more inspiring than money, and we do value contribution from the real citizens.

If you are part of a larger organization, and you would like to support the project financially, then what about getting one of our GAIA Air Quality monitoring stations and starting to monitor the Air Quality in your area?

About the Air Quality and Pollution Measurement:

About the Air Quality Levels

AQIAir Pollution LevelHealth ImplicationsCautionary Statement (for PM2.5)
0 - 50 Good Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk None
51 -100 Moderate Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.
101-150 Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.
151-200 Unhealthy Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion
201-300 Very Unhealthy Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid all outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit outdoor exertion.
300+ Hazardous Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects Everyone should avoid all outdoor exertion

To know more about Air Quality and Pollution, check the wikipedia Air Quality topic or the airnow guide to Air Quality and Your Health.

For very useful health advices of Beijing Doctor Richard Saint Cyr MD, check www.myhealthbeijing.com blog.


Usage Notice: All the Air Quality data are unvalidated at the time of publication, and due to quality assurance these data may be amended, without notice, at any time. The World Air Quality Index project has exercised all reasonable skill and care in compiling the contents of this information and under no circumstances will the World Air Quality Index project team or its agents be liable in contract, tort or otherwise for any loss, injury or damage arising directly or indirectly from the supply of this data.



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