The pollution caused by industry is reaching every corner of the planet. Plastics in the sea, felling of trees, millions of hectares consuming enormous amounts of water and emission of gases are the most heard of environmental impacts, but behind them there is still a long list of consequences for society.
In certain places where industry is the main driving force greenhouse gas concentrations, as well as water and air pollution, can reach on occasion levels above the considered toxic by international public health institutes, not only causing the acceleration of global warming, but also affecting people’s health.
For this reason, nowadays, there are different ways and methodologies to control and reduce the impact of these activities on the environment. Companies such as AWSensors are aware of these problems and have launched a patented technology with the aim of offering the user an accurate detection method for pollutants and contaminants.
QCMD Immunosensor Application is an example of detection in real-time of small-molecule pollutants in waters and foods. Moreover, this technology has applications in other areas such as Healthcare (for instance, for the detection of infectious diseases), or Materials Science (for example, used in the study of improved batteries).
But also there are technologies that contribute to the control of environmental problems and the monitoring of the effects of global warming in the case of air pollution: the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) and the Environmental Quality Predictive System (SiPCA)
1. WRF: the ideal tool for air quality monitoring
One of the systems that allows us to know the air quality is the WRF model (Weather Research and Forecasting). Thanks to this system, continuous and predictive meteorological information can be obtained.
In fact, this system presents predictions of any weather variable forecast for the next 48 hours, even higher in some cases. This makes it a system that is especially interesting in the case of facilities in which it is necessary to have permanent monitoring to know the air quality at all times.
In order to know the air quality, it is necessary to have reliable information regarding variables such as wind speed or wind direction. In addition, this information needs to be taken in the immediate environment, as this is the only way to be able to provide an adequate response in the event that corrective measures need to be taken to reduce the levels of affection if necessary.
In this way, WRF is presented as the perfect system and tool for the control of air quality, since it allows us to anticipate these phenomena and take the most advisable decision at each moment and with sufficient foresight.
2. SiPCA: the perfect complement to WRF in air quality measurement
On the other hand, it must be taken into account that WRF is designed to be the perfect complement to the SiPCA tool (Environmental Quality Predictive System). SiPCA is an online software designed to know and evaluate the real and expected impact on the industrial facilities it monitors. In this way, it allows us to know the degree of atmospheric emission of the pollutants emitted at all times.
In addition, it must be taken into account that SiPCA not only allows to know the degree of real affection of the air quality, but it is also able to offer a future estimate of the affection produced in the case that the emission of pollutants is not stopped. That is to say, it offers a perspective of the type and degree of affectation that the current situation will produce, allowing the best decisions to be made at any given moment by having the most and best possible information in real time.