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Clean Air Research Futures Group

The Clean Air Research Futures Group (CARFuG) brings together a broad range of participants in a series of meetings that will map out the future research and evidence requirements as our air pollution climate changes over the coming decades. Convened by the UK Clean Air Champions, the group supports the joint UK Research and Innovation and Met Office Strategic Priorities Fund Clean Air Programme.

The group is Chaired by the Clean Air Champions who also function as a secretariat. It meets three times year and has a small membership, including people from industry, government, and NGO communities as well as researchers in fields such as health, transport and urban planning. Membership will vary according the topic chosen.

Meeting 3: What research is needed to understand and track inequalities and vulnerabilities in air pollution exposure?

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Meeting 2: Creating a pathway toward the new WHO guidelines – what are the evidence gaps?

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Meeting 1: Making it personal – will small / portable sensors transform air pollution management and research?

If only we could see the air pollution around us, we could identify the culprits and avoid exposure. More accessible, small sensors are deployable in large numbers across a given area and could open exciting new opportunities for community engagement and personal action, providing the opportunity to make air pollution ‘visible’.

But do they work? How can we use them to tell us more about the air pollution that we breathe? And do they open new opportunities to address knowledge gaps to help us manage air pollution? As framed neatly in the meeting, the challenge is to place the right sensor in the right place, at the right time and to provide the right data to the right person in a way that is then understood and can be actionable.

The first meeting of the Clean Air Research Futures Group took place on 6th October 2021 and focussed on “Making it personal – will small / portable sensors transform air pollution management and research?” The following report identifies several priority research needs and opportunities and provides a summary of the presentations and discussion.

Report: Making it personal – will small / portable sensors transform air pollution management and research?
Presentation slides: click here for the presentation slides

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