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[Ambassador report] Air Pollution

by Sainath Manikandan | 22-04-2019 15:36 Comments 5 Comments recommendations 1 recommendations



UAE Air Quality Index (UAE AQI) app was launched by MOCCAE (Ministry of Climate Change and Environment) on the ministry’s smart app. The app displays real-time readings of the satellite-monitored AQI across the UAE. They have used cutting edge technologies in live monitoring of air quality and it forecasts the AQI status for up to 3 days in advance. It also predicts the dust concentration and particulate matters. MOCCAE has collaborated with Khalifa University of Science and Technology.

One of the most important concern in our world today is air pollution as it has a serious impact on our health and environment. UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda has highlighted the quality of air as one of the key issue. As per the agenda, the aim is to raise the quality of air from its current level to 90% by 2021.

UAE has many enhanced projects and initiatives that aims to cut down the carbon emissions and reduce the carbon footprints. Public can access the real time AQI readings and calculated forecasts. This provision is given so that we can make decisions to help the country to achieve the target.

Currently there are 41 stations which aids in monitoring the air quality across the country along with satellite readings to get a highly accurate and reliable data.

It is made easier so that the public can interpret the reading as it is color coded. AQI is based on the concentration of Sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5). The daily AQI indicates the color, value (ranging from 0 to 500) and the dominating air pollutant that is affecting the ambient air quality.

The UAE AQI is accessible on the MOCCAE smart app and portal, or on the link earth.masdar.ac.ae/air_quality/forecast_aqi.php

 

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5 Comments

Louis Mentor

  • Louis Mentor says :
    Hi Sainath,

    Thank you for writing about air pollution in UAE and thanks to your report, I was able to know about how UAE is trying to mitigate air pollution problem and taking care of its nationals. I am highly impressed with the fact that this app is actually made by the Ministry and I strongly believe that every country should benchmark this project in their country. Air pollution is a country-wide problem and government should be responsible for its people! Please keep us updated about how this app changes your life! :)

    Louis Mentor
    Posted 28-04-2019 18:08

Wonhee Mentor

  • Wonhee Mentor says :
    Hello Sainath!

    Thank you sharing your wonderful report and introducing UAE air quality index application. I can understand how this kind of app is needed in our daily lives. Even though high density of ozone, Sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide are fatal to human health and may cause deadly diseases, they are invisible to human naked eyes. I think this is a great example of technology contributing to improving quality o f life. I look forward to your next report : )

    Wonhee Mentor
    Posted 26-04-2019 22:03

Eco Generation

  • Eco Generation says :
    Greetings Sainath,

    Thank you for informing us about this very useful app.
    If we utilize this app and check the air quality every day, our awareness of how severe air pollution can be will definitely increase significantly.
    Please let us know of any other useful apps about the environment in the near future.

    Keep up the great work!
    Posted 24-04-2019 16:56

Yerdaulet Rakhmatulla

  • Yerdaulet Rakhmatulla says :
    Really cool app! Check my last report, I wrote about similar apps but made by civil society members.
    Posted 24-04-2019 01:45

Rosa Domingos

  • Rosa Domingos says :
    Hey there Sainath,

    I hope you are well, I am so impressed that the Ministry went as far as putting forth an app that only check the AQI but also predicts dust concentration and particulate matters.They have done a great job and I hope this app goes further in educating people about the air quality in the UAE.

    I thank you for reporting this report.
    Sincerely,
    Rosa
    Posted 22-04-2019 18:07

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