GEOLINKS International Conference 2020, Book 1
AIR POLLUTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE
SMOG IN BIALYSTOK IN POLAND. DATA OF PM 2.5 AND PM 10 PARTICULATE MATTER IN OUTDOOR AIR MEASURED IN 2017-2018 BY "THE LABORATORY OF ENERGY-EFFICIENT ARCHITECTURE AND RENEWABLE ENERGIES" AT FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE OF BIALYSTOK UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Dr arch. Adam Turecki
The differences between what in the winter 2017 was presented by the government measurement station of air quality, belonging to the Chief Inspectorate of Environmental Protection (CIEP) in Bialystok in Poland, and what the citizens could see and smell, were the reason for installing the monitoring system of PM10 and PM2.5 particulate matter, in the "Laboratory of Energy-efficient Architecture and Renewable Energies" (LEARE) at the Faculty of Architecture of Bialystok University of Technology. The measurements were compared with done by CIEP and the information of “The World Air Quality Index” (WAQI). This project started in 2007. It is proving transparent Air Quality information for more than 70 countries, covering more than 9000 stations in 600 major cities. Since 16 Nov 2017, data was also downloaded from the new European Air Quality Index (EAQI) website, created by the European Environment Agency (EEA). From the beginning of 2018, data from the public-private service AIRLY was added to the study. They installed four online dust meters in Bialystok. The density of the dust measurement network was still insufficient, so the mobile measurements were started. Recently, the use of a drone equipped with a dust meter for tests at various heights has begun.
Measurements deny EAQI presentation of so good air quality in Bialystok. The levels of PM2.5 and PM10 are often much higher than those presented by EAQI and CIEP. Government measuring station, located in the center of Bialystok, poorly reflects air pollution in peripheral districts.
smog, PM2.5 PM10, LEARE, Bialystok, monitoring