Shanghai’s Air Quality Girl

The happier this girl, the better the air. Image capture: Patricia Vollmer.
The happier this girl, the better the air. Image capture: Patricia Vollmer.

In this month’s Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS), I read about the work that the Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center is doing to build awareness and reduce the city’s horrible air pollution. The story in the Bulletin reported that this past January was so bad, the levels of air pollution exceeded the monitors’ measurement capabilities.

One of the city’s efforts to build awareness includes pictures of that cute little anime girl above. When you go to the real-time monitoring website, you get an easy glimpse of the city’s air pollution: If the young lady is happy, all is well. As soon as she’s frowning, you should be concerned.

Do you want to drill down some? If you scroll down on the real-time reporting site, you can see a graph of the day’s pollution, plus a graph of the past week’s average levels.

If you’re unable to translate the pages with your browser (I am able to on my Chrome for MacOS), you can visit these English language pages:

SEMC Home Page

Real-Time Air Quality Status

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Patricia Vollmer is the proud mother of two emerging geek sons, ages 12 & 14. She serves part time as a meteorologist with the Air Force Reserve and is currently assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Patricia blogs about her family's nomadic military life at Ground Control to Major Mom. Home is always where the Air Force sends her family, which for now is in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hobbies include running, despite no one chasing her, sharing her love for Disney and Star Wars, and exploring the world with her boys. Ask her why the sky is blue at your own risk.