The Secretary of the Environment, Alfredo Montalván He referred to a project that is being carried out jointly by the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development of the Nation, the Environment of Tucumán, the University of Humboldt and the University of Cambridge.
“Currently, we have an impressive water quality measurement network in the province but we did not have an air quality measurement network, so this is a turning point in our province,” said Montalván.
“We are working through two agreements, one with the Humboldt University of Berlin, through a grant holder from CONICET. In this way, we are installing air quality meters in the Secretariat and three other places in the Province, which we have to determine. To this is added, another agreement through the Environment of the Nation, with the University of Cambridge University, to work with sensors that are installed in bicycles. For a correct investigation, both teams must be perfectly calibrated with each other ”, he explained.
In this sense, he maintained that “our concern is not only to measure the particles in the air, but also the quality of carbon monoxide. We have to work for several years to achieve a result, which allows us, depending on the source of emission, to make decisions. We hope that this recently started path will also serve to inform society and to participate ”.
Montalván stressed that “air quality is basically related to respiratory diseases. Not only the industry or the burning of sugarcane pollutes the air, but also the emission of gases from cars, buses, trucks “and added:” we will be able to determine what the air quality is like during the harvest and at the same time design based on the emission sources the opportunities that exist to take care of the environment ”.
Cyclists will help determine air quality
Two weeks ago, 10 low-cost particulate material sensors were delivered to volunteer bicycle users in the cities of Tafí Viejo and San Miguel de Tucumán.
The particularity of this system is that the wheels of the volunteer cyclists will make measurements during their routes and the data obtained will be used for educational purposes, citizen information, research and evidence for public policies on air quality.
In this sense, Roberto Vega, Director of Environmental Inspection commented “we are in the data collection stage, at the end we will show a route where the places with more or less contamination will be seen.”