Canberra has been subjected to one of the worst starts to summer with air quality conditions reaching HAZARDOUS levels due to dense smoke haze, but this represents only one of the Big 3 Particulate Air Quality Challenges for people living in Canberra. Our citizen science survey's show that daily reporting of environmental factors such as pollen and particulate matter (PM2.5/PM10) via online apps can help understand risk factors for respiratory health in Canberra. We recommend changes to the frequency and spatial density for recording of these environmental factors that will help to further mitigate health risk into the future.
The Australian Pollen Allergen Partnership:
Towards a Standardized National Pollen Count Network