In order to assess the performace of the green infrastructure measures of choice, Southend-on-Sea turned to Cultinova to realise an integrated air quality and urban heat stress monitoring solution. Based on its Air-Station technology platform, Cultinova developed an internet-enabled, cost-effective solution to provide comprehensive and accurate real-time insights into localised air pollution and microclimate.The stations were mounted on existing lampposts across Southend-on-Sea town centre. The systems continuously collect data on multiple parameters related to air quality and urban heat stress.
The systems are connected to the Internet via the local mobile telephone network, generating comprehensive datasets and data is available in real-time via the Cultinova WebApp. In order to assess the effectiveness of greening measures, Data is collected prior to the installation of the green infrastructure measures. Generated baseline data will be correlated to post installation data to understand patterns, trends and impact factors.
Data will be collected over a minimum of two years and will help to inform the Council's future clean air and climate adaptation roadmap.
This installation forms part of Southend-on-Sea's climate change mitigation strategy. Visit the CoolTowns project for further details on urban heat stress in the built environment