Sonairte Open Air Project

Sonairte Open Air Project

Introducing the Sonairte Open Air Project: A Breath of Fresh Air for Our Community!

We are thrilled to unveil the Sonairte Open Air Project, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at monitoring and improving air quality in our local community. This project, made possible by the generous support of the John Shelley Bursary, is set to launch in January 2024 marking a significant step towards creating a healthier environment for all.

In partnership with local schools, we will be installing cutting-edge outdoor air sensors to collect real-time data on air quality in our local area. Each participating school will be provided an Air Gradient Outdoor Air Quality monitor as well as teaching resources for students to learn about the factors that affect our most important resource – the air that we all breath.

The collected data will be made accessible to a global audience through the open air quality data platform, This platform allows students to explore and analyze air quality information from various locations, promoting transparency and collaboration in the pursuit of cleaner air worldwide.

What will the Air Qualiy Sensors measure?

The sensors will measure the temperature and humidity at each location, as well CO2, particulate matter (PM2.5), volatile compounds (TVOC) and Nitrogen Oxides (NOX) typically caused by car exhausts.

Pollutant Description
PM 2.5 PM2.5 refers to fine pollutant particles in the air, which are 2.5 microns or less in width. Most studies indicate PM2. 5 at or below 12 μg/m3 is considered healthy with little to no risk from exposure. If the level goes to or above 35 μg/m3 during a 24-hour period, the air is considered unhealthy and can cause issues for people with existing breathing issues such as asthma
TVOC TVOC stands for total volatile organic compounds and it is the measure for the total amount of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in the air. Sources of VOCs include tobacco smoke, paint thinner, deodorizers, air fresheners, furniture polish, disinfectants, carpets, plywood. Individuals who are exposed to excessive amounts of TVOC may have detrimental effects on their health.
NOX NOx is the collective term for the nitrogen oxides NO and NO2, which are significant components of harmful air pollution. Sources include automobiles as well as industrial sources such as power plants and cement kilns. NOx contributes to respiratory diseases, the formation of ground-level ozone, and acid rain.
CO2 Carbon dioxide, average outdoor level is 400ppm. Levels of 1,000–2,000 ppm indoors is associated with complaints of drowsiness, and at levels of 2,000–5,000 ppm with headaches, sleepiness.

Students can monitor the Air Quality in their local school using a tablet, or explore the air quality in the local area on the website.

One of the primary objectives of the Sonairte Open Air Project is to raise awareness about air quality issues, particularly among children and local residents. The collected data will be used to educate and empower our community, shedding light on the impact of air quality on human and environmental health. By understanding the quality of the air we breathe, we can collectively work towards creating a safer and healthier environment.

To kick off the project, we are planning to hold a workshop to showcase the outdoor air sensors and provide insights into the project’s goals and methodologies. This event will be an opportunity for community members and schools to engage with the project, ask questions, and learn how they can contribute to fostering cleaner air in our surroundings.

How do we get involved?

We are in the process of contacting local primary and secondary schools to invite them to participate in the project. If you would like to be invovled, get your school to contact the Open Air team at openair – at –

The Sonairte Open Air Project represents a crucial step towards a cleaner and healthier community. With the support of the John Shelley Bursary and the active involvement of local schools, we are eager to embark on this journey to monitor, educate, and inspire positive change in our air quality.