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MEETINGS 2013-2017

430th Meeting : "Chiang Mai Burning Season: What new data can (and can’t) tell us about the problem”.

Tuesday, 20 February, 2018,.

A Talk by Craig Houston.

The Talk:

Each 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.

The Speaker:

Craig 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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