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4 Apps Driving Digital Innovation in Citizen Science

While access to citizen science data is no longer an issue as many initiatives publish this information publicly, the limited analytical capacity and cross-domain nature of existing tools means that the true value of citizen science data remains unlocked. COMPAIR developed four advanced yet easy-to-use digital tools to help people better understand citizen science data and make informed decisions based on facts.

  • Policy Monitoring Dashboard shows live data and changes in traffic and air quality before/after a policy measure was introduced

  • CO2 Calculator estimates an individual's carbon footprint and simulates actions necessary to achieve Green Deal targets

  • Dynamic Exposure VIsualisation App uses Augmented Reality to visualise air pollution in the user's immediate surroundings

  • Dynamic Exposure Visualisation Dashboard measures air pollution while a user is on the move

Policy Monitoring Dashboard

The Policy Monitoring Dashboard (PMD) is a new visualisation and analytics platform developed to enhance the value of citizen science data. With PMD, users can study the impact of policy measures on traffic and air pollution. PMD’s intuitive interface allows users to investigate changes between the target location (e.g. a street closed to traffic) and surrounding areas.

CO2 Calculator

The CO2 Calculator helps people to measure their carbon footprint by answering questions on flights, recycling, travel, and energy use. Individual results are then calculated and presented in relation to a country and EU average. Where there is room for improvement, the Calculator provides recommendations on how to offset CO2 emissions in an underperforming area. The tool has a built-in simulator that shows which actions are needed from individuals and the government to meet EU Green Deal targets.

Dynamic Exposure Visualisation App

The Dynamic Exposure Visualisation App (DEVA) uses Augmented Reality to show people air pollution in their immediate surroundings. The app visualises (on mobile devices optimised for AR) air pollution as floating particles such as spheres, stars, pins or cubes. Pollution intensity can be visualised as clouds in gradients of different colours. DEVA ingests data from citizen science sensors and will soon be extended to cover other sources, such as official monitoring stations.

Dynamic Exposure Visualisation Dashboard

The Dynamic Exposure Visualisation Dashboard (DEV-D) shows people their exposure to air pollution when they are on the move. DEV-D displays information on trips recorded with DEVA and mobile sensors that people carry with them. DEV-D plots the recorded trips on a map and shows which parts of the journey are safe/dangerous by taking into account pollution concentration along the route, international pollution guidelines (WHO), as well as user's age and weight.



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