Tracking the Invisible: How Sensors, Data Analytics, and Social Media are Driving an Environmental Revolution

Emerging technologies are offering new ways to see and act on the pollution all around us. This extraordinarily powerful trend is just getting started, but it has already had an impact all over the world: In Japan after Fukushima, radiation sensors on mail trucks delivered robust data about contamination levels. Louisville KY is equipping asthma inhalers with GIS sensors to identify asthma hotspots. And in cities across the United States, the Environmental Defense Fund and Google Earth Outreach are outfitting Google’s iconic Street View cars with methane sensors that map leakage of natural gas from beneath the city streets. Learn how this new force for environmental protection can make us safer and healthier.

Festival: 2015

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