Work has started on the EPSRC/UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKRIC) Manchester Urban Observatory following a workshop in September 2018.
Urban observatories enable the gathering of robust data to better understand cities and their relationship with decision-making across a range of scales and sectors.
The Manchester Urban Observatory, a collaboration between the three Faculties at The University of Manchester, will focus on deploying air quality sensors within the Oxford Road Corridor, an existing infrastructure testbed and urban living lab.
An important element of the observatory's activities will involve researching and optimising sensor locations with key stakeholders. It will adopt the operating principles of an urban living lab that enable partners to co-produce research problems and associated projects to address them.
The chosen infrastructure will allow us to study environmental and human health factors from the street level with high temporal resolution [seconds] to regional trends over months and years.