Dr. Umamaheshwar Launches IIT Palakkad’s AQI Website
Dr. Umamaheshwar, Chief Engineer of GE Aviation, Bangalore, inaugurated the AQI website at IIT Palakkad, dedicated to monitoring air quality and weather conditions. The initiative, spearheaded by Dr. Praveena Gangadharan and her dedicated team, marks a significant stride toward creating a pollution-free environment.
With air pollution emerging as a paramount environmental concern, impacting climate change and public health, the location of IIT Palakkad, nestled at the foothills of the ecologically fragile Sahyadri hills, takes on special significance. The institute's unique setting, amidst industrial activities, necessitated a proactive approach.
In response to this pressing need, IIT Palakkad has introduced a user-friendly website that delivers real-time data on ambient air quality and weather conditions within its campus. This resourceful platform offers an easy-to-understand Air Quality Index (AQI), quantifying the air's quality for everyone's benefit. Additionally, it provides up-to-the-minute information on pollutant concentrations, including particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10), ground-level ozone (O3), carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and nitrogen dioxide (NO2).
Moreover, this website goes beyond its primary mission and plays a pivotal role in keeping the public well-informed about evolving weather patterns and air quality conditions, contributing significantly to the overall well-being of the community. As IIT Palakkad takes this commendable initiative, it sets an inspiring example for responsible environmental stewardship.