My Journey in Unravelling Environmental Secrets through Data Interpretation
I recently had the incredible opportunity to be one of four field coordinators, as well as a contributor in data interpretation sessions, for the School of Biosciences Environmental Pollution Field Course in the beautiful city of Barcelona. This course, designed to explore urban air pollution, particularly particulate matter not larger than 2.5 microns (PM2.5), was a thrilling blend of fieldwork, analysis, and education – a journey I am excited to share with you.
During the fieldwork, we focused on measuring air pollutants using low-cost sensors strategically placed throughout Barcelona. These sensors played a pivotal role in collecting data, which we then meticulously analysed using various techniques, including geospatial data analysis and visualisation. My primary role was guiding our enthusiastic students through the complex process of data interpretation.
Our hands-on approach in the course took us to various locations across Barcelona, from the iconic La Sagrada Familia to the tranquil Montjuic and Tibidabo green spaces. Each location oﬀered unique insights into the city’s air quality and presented us with real-world challenges in environmental monitoring.
Back home in Nottingham, on October 5th, 2023, I led a workshop on data interpretation using QGIS. It was a rewarding experience to help students navigate the intricacies of GIS mapping and environmental data analysis. The workshop wasn’t just about the technical aspects; it was an avenue to instill a deeper understanding of what data can reveal about our environment.
As someone deeply passionate about environmental sustainability and the practical applications of geospatial technology, guiding the future generation of scientists and policy- makers in this course was a profound experience. It reinforced my belief in the power of education to inspire meaningful change.
Leading the data interpretation sessions was more than an academic endeavour for me; it was a chance to ignite a spark of curiosity and a sense of responsibility in our students. My goal was to not just impart knowledge but to empower these bright minds to apply their learnings in creating sustainable solutions for our planet.
Reflecting on my role in the Environmental Pollution Field Course, I feel a great sense of accomplishment and hope. It’s moments like these that remind me why I chose this path – to make a diﬀerence in the world by understanding and addressing environmental challenges through science and technology.
Thank you for reading this far, I hope my story inspires you as much as it has inspired me!