A citizen science outreach program: Schools Weather and Air Quality (SWAQ) by the University of New South Wales, Australia has been announced as a Eureka Prize Finalist for 2021. Eureka Prize is considered the most prestigious Scientific Award in Australia.
SWAQ delivers self-contained Environmental Outreach programs to the host schools, using the data generated by the school and the wider SWAQ network. The SWAQ program deploys Vaisala’s weather and air quality sensors to Primary Schools throughout Sydney, with the collected data forming a key feature of the SWAQ Citizen Science program. SWAQ delivers curriculum aligned classroom activities, using the data generated by the wider SWAQ network. Data generated by the SWAQ network is freely available, yielding important data for urban climate and air quality research, for example during recent bushfires.
With the right access to the right information, people gain a deeper connection to their environment and new ways of thinking about business and community. Download an infographic to learn more about why a modern air quality network matters so much.
Read more about Vaisala's role in helping communities gain a deeper connection to their environment and new ways of thinking about business and community.