'Hollandse Luchten' (Dutch Skies) is a citizens science project where we involve citizens in measuring air quality in their environment in the Province of North Holland.
The importance of a healthy living environment is becoming increasingly evident. The realization that air quality plays an important role in this is therefore rapidly growing. On the other hand, we see technology, in order to map air quality, become better and cheaper.
In this project, in collaboration with the municipalities and the RIVM, we are examining how citizens can gain more insight into the air quality in areas where the quality of life is under pressure through open source and affordable measuring sensors.
This project offers an opportunity to raise awareness about air quality problems, in particular about the role of the citizen in this. Information provision on how to measure, the quality of the measurements and the interpretation and reliability of data is of great importance. The data from the measurement, combined with a growing knowledge of air quality, makes citizens a stronger interlocutor for the government, which makes for more constructive and smarter solutions.