Air Quality is an increasingly important environmental concern and gathering and submitting evidence-based emission data is now a legal requirement for many organisations.
Alongside climate change, for UK ports, Air Quality is a high priority following the introduction of the UK Government’s Clean Air Strategy in 2019.
The Air Quality monitoring journey starts by gaining an understanding of the current situation or ‘where are we now’. All projetcs are unique, with a varied and often dynamic range of characteristics which contribute to emissions including:
It is often hard to pin-point the exact origin of emissions and therefore a holistic view and structured approach is required.
In order to confidently report on emissions means you need to monitor them. Environmental monitoring is already an integral part of many marine operations – and Air Quality should be no different. Careful consideration needs to be taken over the monitoring equipment you use (the sensors), where and how the monitoring should take place (number of sites and their location e.g. onshore and/or offshore), the need for supplementary and supporting data (wind and weather), and how you manage the data once collected (frequency of transmission, storage, real-time visualisation, sharing, reporting, input to predictions etc.).
OceanWise has been supporting organisations globally for over ten years and has quickly become the ‘go-to’ provider of advice in respect of marine environmental data management and monitoring systems. Our data platform works with all types of sensors – so, if you already have Port-Log installed, then we can help in terms of measuring and managing Air Quality. See our case studies for customer stories and examples of our recent projects.
If you already have the OceanWise data platform ‘Port-Log‘, you can simply add your Air Quality sensors to this system, instantly providing those who need it with real-time data without the requirement for a new system or integration and training in yet another software package/application.
If you don’t have ‘Port-Log‘, don’t worry, installation is quick, cost-effective and easy, and your Air Quality sensors can be included as part of an overall network that can include tides, wind and weather, water quality, waves and currents etc. Our tried and tested system is used all over the UK and around the world and provides a robust service, with data management expertise and technical support built in.
By monitoring Air Quality we will help you answer:
We advise on:
Sensors, systems, enclosures, power supply, telemetry, data display and other equipment
The baseline is usually a set of results from the year of the latest available data that you have for each emissions source. If you don’t have baseline data you will need to establish some through monitoring. Once you have your baseline – you can then run some future projections (ideally you would run a number of projections including a ‘if we did nothing’ scenario). Your baseline will become the building block for your strategy and future reporting regime.
Aside from the legal requirements and governments plans, Air Quality should be a concern for everyone as it can significantly contribute to human health issues. Studies are ongoing about the impact that port emissions can have on health. For example, see Dr Matt Loxham’s presentation at our November 2019 Workshop.
As each port is unique, the only way of establishing this is by doing an Air Quality site survey and review. We work with leading Air Quality sensor manufacturer, Vaisala, to provide this service using their experts in the field.
The new Weather Station, delivered with OceanWise’s expertise in marine data, is designed to help us continue to operate safely … it will also enable us to monitor and manage key environmental data, for the harbour