Image on an Earthsense Zephyr air quality sensor

Supporting Our Streets Chorlton to collect data about its local neighbourhood

Clean air is vital for healthy, happy living and as part of the Our Streets Chorlton project, Open Data Manchester will be measuring air quality using two Earthsense Zephyr solar-powered air quality sensors at selected locations in Chorlton and Chorlton Park during 2021.

The sensors will be measuring Nitrogen Monoxide (NO), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Ozone (O3) and other microscopic particles that come from industry, traffic and fires, all of which are known to have an impact on our health if we are exposed to high concentrations.

One unit will be permanently located at Chorlton’s ‘Four Banks’ crossroad of Wilbraham Road and Barlow Moor Road, with the other rotated between the three chosen ‘mini project’ locations of a school, a trading area and a residential street.

At the first mini project site, walking and cycling charity Sustrans will be working with Barlow Hall Primary School, and the sensor will be located on a lamppost outside the school from early February 2021. The other two locations are yet to be decided.

Open Data Manchester will be using the air-quality data to measure the changes in air quality over time, to help people understand how different activity affects the quality of the air that we breathe.

All data collected will be made openly available for everyone to access, explore, use and share.

The sensors only measure air-quality data and do not collect personally identifiable information.

If you have questions regarding the air-quality sensors, please contact us.

About Our Streets Chorlton

Our Streets Chorlton is a partnership between WalkRideGM, Groundwork Greater Manchester, Sustrans and Open Data Manchester, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. It aims to help create a healthier, cleaner and greener Chorlton by enabling more people to get around enjoyably, and safely, on foot, wheelchair and bike.

Find out more about Our Streets Chorlton and sign up for project news.