Researchers from Ostrava’s technical university have installed 3 measurement sensors in Třinec, all positioned at a height of around 3 metres above the ground and powered by solar panels. The locations of the sensors are not random; they have been placed in the most polluted locations in the town, close to major roads and junctions. The sensors will collect data from the start of December 2019 to the end of August 2020, making it possible to analyze changing pollutant concentrations during the winter (when fuel is burned to heat buildings) and during the summer. When the data has been collected and evaluated, it will be displayed on the Clairo website.
Monitoring atmospheric pollution in selected Czech pilot towns and cities is one of the key activities being conducted as part of the Clairo project. Thanks to these precise measurements, experts from participating universities will be able to advise on the most appropriate plants for urban locations, which will be able to absorb pollutants from the atmosphere. The measurements taken in the pilot locations will enable the project team to propose recommendations that can be implemented in future plans for urban greenery best suited to local climatic conditions.
The other Czech pilot towns and cities where measurements will take place are Opava, Frýdek-Místek, Karviná, Havířov and Rychvald.