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Air pollution monitoring project for LA wins Knight News Challenge grant

Wildwood School science teacher Ariel Levi Simons will lead Safecast's work developing an air pollution monitoring network. The idea's modeled on a global radiation monitoring network Safecast built after the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown.
Wildwood School science teacher Ariel Levi Simons will lead Safecast's work developing an air pollution monitoring network. The idea's modeled on a global radiation monitoring network Safecast built after the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown. Safecast/Knight Media

A group that organized a global sensor network for radiation after last year’s 9.0 earthquake in Japan has gotten a grant to develop a monitoring network for air pollution in L.A.

Safecast came together after the quake and tsunami that broke the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor. The group emphasizes that it’s pro data, not political; it takes no position on nuclear energy.

According to Safecast’s blog, L.A. science teacher Ariel Levi Simons will be heading up this project. He works at The Wildwood School. 

The Knight News Challenge has given Safecast $400,000 to develop its L.A. air pollution network. Pretty cool: all the data they collect is and apparently will be downloadable and shareable under a Creative Commons license.

More about the Knight News Challenge in the video and at its blog.  

Knight News Challenge: Data Winners from Knight Foundation on Vimeo.

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