Here are some of the frequently asked questions about AirQo and air quality index.
The AirQo project is rolling out deployment in Kampala, however, our scale is still limited. Please check out on the measurements on the website. In case the location of interest is not yet covered, please drop us an email and we work out arrangements to do measurements. We welcome volunteers to install AirQo devices in the areas of interest.
Major health damaging pollutants include particulate matter (PM2.5 & PM10), carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur oxides (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and a wide range of volatile organic compounds, which react with sunlight to form Ozone (O3). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the USA has identified these as the major pollutants that pose the greatest risk to human health.
Increasing deterioration of outdoor air pollution in Kampala can be attributed to rudimentary and unsustainable and inefficient energy sources, growth of pre-owned vehicles, and traffic congestion, among others
A number of tools are available on our website to help you locate information on air quality concentrations throughout Uganda. We will be working on other channels such as mobiles apps and social media.
Air quality information is based on measured data and provides information about the concentrations of pollutants in the outdoor air. It also provides information on public exposure, the extent of air quality problems, and whether air quality complies with federal and State standards. Air quality data do not provide direct information on how different sources of pollution contribute to the measured concentrations. In contrast, emissions inventory information reflects estimates of the amount of pollutants, either gases or particles, emitted into the atmosphere by different types of sources. This information can be used to identify sources with high emissions that may impact the public, inform regulatory actions, and evaluate the effectiveness of control measures. However, emissions inventory information gives no indication of what happens in the atmosphere, how far emissions travel, or which areas they impact.
Air quality standards are defined by NEMA - the National Environmental Auhtority
Air pollution exposure in humans increases not only the risk of respiratory conditions including wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath phlegm and sore throats as well as irritation of existing respiratory conditions such as asthma