Air Quality Assessment at Universidade Lusófona
The MAPeAR Project intends to carry out a national air quality characterization.
In April 2021, the Faculty of Engineering joined, as a participating element, a national project, MAPeAR, a partnership between ASPEA (Portuguese Association of Environmental Education) and ABAE. This project intends to carry out a characterization of air quality at a national level, with the collaboration of educational institutions. In this sense, an equipment (sensor) was made available to the FE to continuously monitor particulate matter, namely PM10 and PM2.5, along with the temperature and relative humidity parameters throughout the day. This particle monitoring device is an open source device initially developed by the luftdaten.info project at the University of Stuttgart and now maintained by sensor.community.
The data obtained through this online data collection equipment can be consulted on an online platform, allowing the monitoring of the influence of some pollution sources close to the ULHT campus.
This action, in addition to being an integrated action in the application to the Eco-Schools of FE, also consists of the research work of a group of students of the 3rd year of Environmental Engineering, from FE, who are carrying out an evaluation study of air quality on the ULHT campus, using other complementary physical-chemical and microbiological assessments for this purpose. Conclusions will come out of this study soon, stay tuned!