Studying air quality
Air quality is more often measured in cities, but it is nevertheless an important indicator to monitor in rural areas.
According to Atmo Grand-Est (an approved air quality monitoring association), “the agricultural sector has strong interactions with the air compartment and several peaks have already been identified on the territory, particularly during fertilisation periods”.
Terradata, an association bringing together the University of Reims Champagne Ardenne, the CCI Marne, Terrasolis and Châlons Agglo, has launched a measurement campaign until October 2020 in 8 rural communes of this Champagne agglomeration: ammonia, but also PM10, ozone (the increase in which has shown negative impacts on soft wheat yields, in particular), and phytosanitary products.
COLLECTING DATA ON AIR QUALITY IN RURAL AREAS
Agdatahub has been working with the actors of this project since the beginning (assistance in setting up the project in the start-up phase) but also in the operational phase with the selection of companies offering data collection solutions related to air quality.
Two stages have been identified: the setting up of a demonstrator enabling the visualisation of air quality monitoring data to citizens in the very short term, and then support for local and regional deployment with partners upstream (collection) and downstream (processing and recovery).
The long-term objective is to perpetuate activities related to environmental quality monitoring (air, soil, water) on the territory of Châlons Agglo, but also to link these activities with the agricultural sector in order to develop an active collaboration on these subjects.