Among other things, a new feature in Google Street View's platform could help climate research, making data collected by air quality sensors mounted on cars that map and photograph roads road accessible.
Scientists can help Google Street View cars in climate research. , which have the primary function of mapping and photographing roads. However, four years ago, Google and its local partner Aclima also equipped some specially prepared Street View vehicles with air quality sensors, which, while crawling California's road network, now provide a complex, block-level breakdown of air quality in the area.
The database, first available free of charge to researchers, contains about 42 million measurements, including concentrations of particulate matter, carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrogen oxides measured at a given time and place. According to the companies involved in the project, no one has made such a well-defined air pollution map so far, and similar solutions will allow the competent authorities to take local action to clean up the polluted areas.
Google and Aclima's air quality measurement service it is planned to be extended to the whole world, for which purpose 50 new Street View cars will be added to the fleet this year, which will also record air pollution data on the fly.
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