Today 18th of December the “Enviromental monitoring system of Dnipropetrovsk region” starts. A year ago, we started work on the project and, as promised, in December 2017, the monitoring started. Currently, there are 3 stationary posts in the system (in 3 cities: Dnipro, Nikopol and Pavlohrad) and 1 mobile station for operational air monitoring.
Monitoring is carried out in 14 indicators: sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO), hydrogen sulfide (H2S), ozone (O3), dust (suspended solids), temperature, relative humidity, sediment type , rainfall intensity, atmospheric pressure, solar radiation, velocity and wind direction. These parameters are defined by the national monitoring program and WHO air quality guidelines.
The project is deployed on the basis of the “Center for Environmental Monitoring”, a utility company Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council, in cooperation with the Department of Ecology, Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration. The cost of equipment is UAH 5.8 million, which was spent from the regional budget. Procurement was conducted in the “Prozorto” system.
The Public Ecological Council of Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration, NGO “Zelenyi Svit – Friends of the Earth Ukraine” and other state, scientific, industrial and public organizations of the Dnipropetrovsk region also participate in the development and implementation of the environmental monitoring system.
Our system is designed for automated operational collection, processing, storage, exchange, analysis and evaluation of environmental data. We believe that this will promote both the protection of the environment and the improvement of the quality of life in our area.
In the first stage, the system automatically collects data on the state of atmospheric air in the territory of people’s residence 365 days a year. These data are now comparable to those of pollutants. In addition, it will allow an analysis of the dependence of diseases on environmental pollution. The monitoring system information will soon become available on the Internet.
Pavlo Khazan and Olexiy Angurets as project authors are sincerely grateful to the design team, engineers and managers, the Department of Ecology of the Regional State Administration and its Director. Special thanks to Viktor Khazan, who, more than 30 years ago, raised the issue of the need for environmental monitoring and laid the groundwork for our successful project.