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IJESD 2014 Vol.5(1): 70-76 ISSN: 2010-0264
DOI: 10.7763/IJESD.2014.V5.453

Citizen Assisted Environmental Pollution Measurement in Developing Cities

Md Yusuf Sarwar Uddin and Rezwana Rafiq
Abstract—Measuring pollution in a city is vital for maintaining its living standard and healthy environment. Pollution in land, water, and air of a city is attributed to motorized vehicles, construction works, human and industrial waste and so on. Measuring pollution is, however, expensive in terms of human efforts, resources and costs. For cities in developing countries, such as Dhaka where the authors live, these challenges are severe because of lack of infrastructure and financial capacity. As a functional alternative, in this paper we propose citizen assisted pollution measurement techniques that leverage voluntary participation of city dwellers in collecting pollution-related data and evidence using their mobile phones and other suitable digital gadgets. To this end, we propose techniques for measuring three types of pollution: i) sound/noise pollution, ii) solid waste pollution, and iii) air/carbon emission pollution. We propose schematic system architecture for these measurements and also put discussions on relevant side issues, such as accuracy of these measurements, willingness and incentives for people participation.

Index Terms—Environmental pollution, measuring pollution, mobile phones, participatory sensing.

Md Yusuf Sarwar Uddin is with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh (e-mail: yusufsarwar@cse.buet.ac.bd).
Rezwana Rafiq is with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh (e-mail: rezwana@urp.buet.ac.bd).

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Cite:Md Yusuf Sarwar Uddin and Rezwana Rafiq, "Citizen Assisted Environmental Pollution Measurement in Developing Cities," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 70-76, 2014.

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