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Students encouraged to become 'Smart Citizens'

As part of EWH’s Green Heritage Project, students will have the opportunity to join in a global research project into climate change.

Feb 17, 2015

The Smart Citizen project is an on-line platform that aims to encourage people around the world to share data about their local environment. Students at Edinburgh University will be able to take part with ‘Smart Citizen Kits’, a small monitoring device that records air composition (CO2 and NO2), temperature, light intensity, sound levels, and humidity.

The results are sent via a wi-fi connection to the main project database, and can be seen in real-time on the Smart Citizen website.

Funding for the kits has come from the EWH Green Heritage project. The three year project has developed a series of initiatives on the themes of energy efficiency, biodiversity, active travel and promoting good practice.

A key part of this has been a programme targeting young people, with workshops for schools and local youth groups looking at their environment, and an online toolkit for young people focusing on climate change.

The aim of the Smart Citizen project is to raise awareness and understanding of climate change, by enabling people to connect with and compare local, national and international environments. Ultimately it is hoped that the data recorded will help inform research, and enable better planning for the effects of climate change.



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