Leicester scientists demonstrate air quality monitoring capability to CNN

Posted by mjs76 at Aug 18, 2011 02:30 PM |
News network stops off in Leicester on the ‘Road to Durban’.

Road to Durban might sound like an old Bob Hope movie but it’s actually a series of monthly programmes on CNN leading up to the 17th session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which takes place in Durban, South Africa in December.

Monita Rajpal is taking a circuitous route from London, stopping off in four cities where advances are being made in the battle against climate change. Her first port of call last night was the University of Leicester where our Earth Observation Science Group is making strides in monitoring air pollution and understanding its impact on climate.

Professor Paul Monks from our Department of Chemistry showed Monita the sort of air quality information which can be gained from the EnviSat spacecraft. But EnviSat was launched nine years ago and its resolution is limited so Dr Roland Leigh from our Department of Physics and Astronomy demonstrated how University of Leicester scientists are developing the next generation of air quality satellites.

The first episode of Road to Durban will be repeated over the weekend at the following times (all GMT) and you can watch a three-minute clip on the CNN website.

  • Saturday 20 August: 0730, 1230, 1830
  • Sunday 21 August: 0430, 1630
  • Monday 22 August: 0330

Subsequent editions will visit cities in Germany, Turkey and Kenya before Monita finally makes it to Durban in December.