In an article for Smart Cities Dive, Navigant Research shares technology-driven trends for understanding and addressing urban air pollution
Urban air pollution is on the rise as cities around the world continue to feel the impacts of increased economic growth and population growth. More vehicle use, industrial activity, and energy use are all contributing factors, and as the problem grows in severity, cities are looking for new ways to understand and address air quality issues.
In an article for Smart Cities Dive, Ryan Citron, research analyst at Navigant Research, said a few trends are encouraging cities to move beyond the large and costly environmental monitoring stations they’re currently using and toward new technology-driven solutions.
“With most of the world’s population living in cities where air quality levels exceed World Health Organization (WHO) limits, the need to monitor and manage air quality has become urgent,” Citron said. “… With an additional 2.5 billion people expected to be living in cities by 2050, according to the United Nations, a growing array of innovative and effective air quality monitoring and management solutions will be needed to manage the influx of people and their associated environmental impacts.”
Trends in Air Quality Monitoring and Management