comprehensive monitoring for all
Visualizing the Invisible
--Current note: The global coronavirus pandemic has drastically altered our daily lives. Suddenly air quality issues have jumped to the forefront of health concerns. However, not in terms of traditional air pollutants such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide but in terms of biological threats, namely: SARS-CoV-2. Understanding how the virus survives and propagates through our environment is vital to knowing how we can best survive its presence before a vaccine becomes available. Based on our current understanding of the virus, we are finding ways to apply our air pollution technologies to monitor and improve indoor air quality for a safer and healthier common spaces.--
Despite significant improvements in air quality in the last decades in most developed countries, air pollution remains a serious problem. According to the World Health Organization, about 6 million deaths annually are caused by outdoor air pollution alone. In Europe, that amounts to half a million deaths annually. As individuals, this is often imperceptible as air quality hides itself well as an invisible burden on our health.
We can address the growing need of people, businesses, and governments to know how environmental pollutants affect them and their families, their employees, and the general public by characterizing pollution at high resolution indoors and outdoors in real-time. Based on measurements and modeling: people will be able to take short-term decisions to decrease their exposure and make informed long-term decisions on where and how to live their lives; businesses will be able to make their workplaces safer, healthier, and more attractive for their employees; city governments will be better able to prioritize environmental concerns; and citizens will have the information to find solutions with neighbors, businesses, industry, utilities, and government offices regarding persistent environmental concerns.
A world where decision-making for healthful environments for all populations is not prevented by data scarcity.
Offer consulting services in the domains of exposure science, indoor and outdoor air quality, environmental monitoring and modeling, occupational safety and health.
Our lab measures air pollutants via integrated and real-time device monitoring instruments. Our team has over 20 years of fieldwork experience in Switzerland, Europe, USA, as well as in Africa and Asia in support of health studies.
Measurements and monitoring are the basis of exposure science. Modeling connects the monitoring results with people’s exposure to pollution. Health effects are then evaluated based on level of exposure.
Interesting Findings -- Locally & Internationally
Basel – Restaurant Lunch Visit Personal exposure to nanoparticles in the course of a mid-week lunch The occasional lunch get-together with an old friend to share recent news and exchange life experiences–Wonderful! A quintessential aspect of family life in Switzerland where carefully planned routines leave evenings and weekends less flexible for one-on-one discussion. But, unfortunately,[…]
Basel – Air Quality of Public Spaces Adhoc measurements of nanoparticles 2015 & 2018 There is arguably little awareness of the variability of air quality within the public spaces that we frequent on a daily/weekly basis. Most urban residents simply have an idea of their city having either good or bad air quality. Beyond that,[…]
Basel SBB Air Quality Monitoring in 2014 (smoking allowed) vs 2018 (smoking banned) In 2014, while I was at the Swiss TPH (an associated institute of the University of Basel), we piloted measurements in Basel’s main trainstation (Basel SBB). At the time, smoking was permitted in all but a couple narrow corridors in the station.[…]
Welcome to Atlas Sensing Labs. This site is under construction but you will soon see that we are offering a variety of services that will provide individuals through to governments a better characterization of their local environment for greater individual and public health. Stay tuned…