Meeting : "Chiang Mai Burning Season: What new
data can (and can’t) tell us about the problem”.
20 February, 2018,.
A Talk by Craig Houston.
year the citizens of Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand are exposed to
dangerous levels of air pollution during the annual burning season. The
arrival of the smoke sparks an annual debate about whether the problem
is getting better or worse, when is the best time to leave the city,
which parts of the city experience the worst of the burning, and what
can be done to protect your health. This talk will answer all of these
questions and share the exciting advances in low cost sensor technology
that are enabling us to build a much more detailed picture of the
problem. We will include a live demonstration of the air
pollution sensor we are using to create a citizens’ air
monitoring network in Northern Thailand.
Houston holds a Masters Degree in Aeronautical Engineering and spent
the last decade working on renewable energy projects in the UK, Spain,
Mexico, and China. He now lives in Chiang Mai and focuses his time on
building data visualizations and web applications in the fields of
renewable energy, cities, and the environment. Craig was recently
awarded the Secretary of State's Award for Outstanding Volunteerism
Abroad for his work on air pollution. He got his first taste of air
pollution living in Beijing, and, after the arrival of his son in
Chiang Mai, decided to work on understanding the air pollution problem
in Northern Thailand.
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