SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, November 2, 2021 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government said that it will complete the installation of a total of 451 simplified fine dust measuring devices at fine dustproducing work areas and construction sites, and elementary schools, as well as the areas where fine dust is heavily emitted in an effort to control fine dust more thoroughly in the living environment. So far, the city has installed 301 simplified devices and plans to set up 150 more by the end of November.
Currently, Seoul provides information on the city’s fine dust concentration levels released by 25 air pollution measuring stations at its Air Environment Information website (cleanair.seoul.go.kr). Thanks to these simplified fine dust measuring devices, the city will provide the citizens with realtime information on hourly-average ultrafine dust concentration levels, contributing to more efficient management of air pollutants.
The city will also install 70 fine dust alert stands at elementary schools and facilities for the elderly, the disabled, children, and other vulnerable citizens. This alert stand provides real-time information on fine dust levels, protecting the health of vulnerable citizens from high concentrations of fine dust.
In addition, the city will monitor fine dust pollutants for 24 hours a day using the simplified fine dust measuring devices installed at construction sites and facilities that generate air pollutants from December this year to March next year when Seoul implements its seasonal fine dust control measures.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government also said it plans to provide information that guides the citizens on which roads they can use to minimize exposure to fine dust when doing outdoor activities or going out somewhere by analyzing big data of accumulated fine dust concentration levels and big data collected from the simplified measuring devices.
Shin Yong-seung, Chief of the Seoul Research Institute of Public Health & Environment, said, “Introducing the simplified fine dust measuring device aims to provide more detailed fine dust information to the citizens. And, during the period when seasonal fine dust control measures are carried out, it monitors air pollutants around the clock and helps citizens reduce the possibility of exposing themselves to fine dust.”
“Seoul will continue to strengthen the fine dust pollutants management in as many places as possilble closely related to the citizen’s daily lives,” said Yoo Yeon-sik, Deputy Mayor for Climate & Environment. “In addition, we will do our best to create an environment where citizens can breathe comfortably by preparing for the implementation of the third seasonal fine dust control measures that will take effect this coming December.”