Newcastle University

Event Title: Making the Invisible Visible
Who: Newcastle University
Theme: Creative Cities
Genre: World café workshop and observational walk
Date: 20/01/2019
Location: Meet Room 307-8, 3/F., British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong followed by a walk in Hong Kong Park.
Age group: 12+
Registration Required: No

Date Time Register
20/01/2019 10.30 - 12.30 Walk-ups are welcome on the day
20/01/2019 14.30 - 16.30 Walk-ups are welcome on the day

Experience the largest open, real time urban sensing data sets in the world from the Urban Observatory at Newcastle upon Tyne.  

The UN predicts that by 2050, 80% of us will live in cities and 80% of global GDP is currently generated by cities. Cities are hotbeds of creativity and culture, but also contribute massively to climate change and face problems relating to inequality, air quality, infrastructure and development. One of the key challenges facing urban centres around the world is the impact of air quality on health and well-being. The Urban Observatory collates data from over 200 air quality sensors that monitor invisible gases such as NO2, O3 and particulates, linked to one in nine deaths in the world, communicating the levels of pollution and the impact of this on human health. 

Part 1: Introduction and overview of the Urban Observatory at Newcastle upon Tyne

Part 2: Observational walk through Hong Kong Park with hand-held air quality sensors.

Part 3: Comparison of air quality data in Hong Kong and Newcastle and discussion on perception versus data, behaviour change, solutions and measures.

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