Atmospheric air monitoring laboratories have opened on the campus of NSUASE (Sibstrin)

On September 4, 2023, an atmospheric air monitoring laboratory was opened on the campus of NSUASE (Sibstrin).

The laboratory is a joint project of NSUACE (Sibstrin), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Novosibirsk Region, the West Siberian Administration for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring and CityAir LLC. The “pavilion” of the post and the weather station were provided by the West Siberian Department of Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring. The laboratory has installed equipment from the Novosibirsk company CityAir, with which NSUACE (Sibstrin) entered into a cooperation agreement. The installation and operation of the laboratory was supported by the university’s partner, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Novosibirsk Region.

Welcoming speeches at the opening ceremony were made by the rector of NSUACE (Sibstrin) Yuri Skolubovich, the head of the West Siberian Department for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring Alexey Krutovsky, the General Director of CityAir LLC Pavel Glotov, the deputy head of the department - head of the department of environmental assessment, waste regulation and permitting activities of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Novosibirsk Region Nikolai Nechitailo, Deputy Head of the Department of Control and Supervision Activities of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Novosibirsk Region Svetlana Garanina.

Opening the laboratory, Yuri Skolubovich noted that the university pays great attention to environmental issues. “We have a faculty of environmental engineering, an international UNESCO environmental department, and a student eco-club “Kodama” - an active participant in the federal program “Green Universities of Russia.” To be honest, the laboratory has been our long-time dream. Faculty and staff spend a significant part of their lives, and students spend their years of study here, on the NSUACE campus (Sibstrin) in the Oktyabrsky district of Novosibirsk. Therefore, it is important to understand what kind of air we breathe. Having such data and the support of government, we can influence the condition and cleanliness of our air. The laboratory has been operating in test mode since August 14. In the very near future we will begin to publish this information for all interested persons and organizations. In addition, each of our students and undergraduates will be able to work with this data, perform laboratory and course work. I want to thank the partners for supporting the project, and the CityAir company for the expensive and most modern equipment,” said Yuri Leonidovich.

As Nikolai Nechitailo, a representative of the regional Ministry of Natural Resources, reported, the task of placing a meteorological laboratory was set by the Governor both through scientific and educational activities and through the development of a monitoring network in Novosibirsk: it so happened that for some time monitoring the quality of atmospheric air was in the Oktyabrsky district was not carried out.

The head of the West Siberian Department for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, Alexey Krutovsky, called the opening of the laboratory an excellent example of cooperation between science, government authorities and production workers with great prospects.

Devices installed in the NSUACE laboratory (Sibstrin) allow you to monitor air quality and evaluate it in accordance with the Instant AQI index (reflects current air quality). The index is based on readings of pollutant concentrations in μg/m3, which come from monitoring stations. These readings in their raw form are difficult to understand, so the CityAir platform converts them into a simple numerical index on a scale of 1 to 10.

The devices measure air online and transmit data on pollutants to your personal account at intervals from 5 minutes to 1 day. It is planned to post this data on the official website of NSUACE (Sibstrin). In addition, as part of the Green Campus project, air quality on campus can be monitored online. The devices measure the level of suspended particles in the air, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur oxide, ozone, hydrogen sulfide, temperature, pressure and humidity. Also, data from the post will be used to conduct laboratory work for students and undergraduates.

It is worth noting that there are only two such full-fledged atmospheric air monitoring laboratories with such a volume of measured parameters in the Novosibirsk region: on the basis of NSUACE (Sibstrin) and on the basis of NSU in Akademgorodok.