The Council is working with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) to monitor air quality in Motueka, Riwaka and Brooklyn during May to August 2019. We’re monitoring smoke emissions (particulate matter, PM10 and PM2.5) associated with wood burning, traffic and fires.
We’ve installed a network of outdoor air quality sensors – called ODINs (outdoor dust information node) – on street lights and power poles around the area. NIWA are also using weather station data to track daily air movement and temperatures. The data will enable NIWA’s air quality scientists to analyse how smoke moves and disperses under different conditions, and how much pollution residents are exposed to.
This study will help us determine if there is an air quality issue in the area, what the source is, and if there is a need to introduce management tools.