Moveable Monitoring Platform
DNREC identifies community health and engagement as top priorities and encourages groups to become involved in assessing air pollution impacts through citizen-driven environmental projects. The Moveable Monitoring Platform (MMP) was developed to aid in these projects and may be customized to support different scientific monitoring equipment depending on the needs of the project. This allows for monitoring that targets community concerns because it can collect more localized air quality data than the existing permanent monitoring network within the state. Localized data collection may also result in the identification of additional issues that, when addressed, can lead to further community improvements.
Citizen-driven environmental projects and the MMP help take DNREC beyond its typical regulatory and compliance role when it comes to air quality. It allows DNREC to establish working relationships with communities; forge collaborative partnerships between state, county, and local stakeholders; provide technical assistance; and educate local residents about possible concerns and what they can do to mitigate their impacts. Building these relationships opens the door to other opportunities for community engagement through training, education and outreach.
MMP Monitoring Capabilities
- Particulate matter (PM2.5, PM10) from vehicular traffic and other combustion sources
- Black carbon (PM2.5) from wood smoke and diesel engines
- Ozone (O3) produced from a chemical reaction between sunlight, nitrogen oxides, and volatile organic compounds
- Nitrogen oxides (NOx) from combustion sources
- Sulfur dioxide (SO2) from combustion of fossil fuels
- Air toxics from gasoline, industrial manufacturing, and consumer products
- Wind speed and direction to help determine the source of the pollutants
MMP Study Locations
Current and previous citizen-driven environmental projects supported by the MMP:
- Claymont Mobile Platform PM2.5 Study (2013-2014)
- Mallard Pointe Community Study (2014-2015)
- Delaware City Marine Vessel Impact on Ambient Air Quality Study (2015-2016)
- Eden Park Community Ambient Air Quality Study (2016-present)
Click on the red stars and scroll through the details to view information about each study and its findings.
One of the great advantages of the MMP is its ability to detect and track air toxics. Air toxics are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects or adverse environmental effects, but are not regulated by a standard criteria in the ambient environment. Instead, they are regulated through emissions permitting and pollution control measures from point sources. Monitoring for these toxics now can help scientists better understand their potential threats to human health and the environment and determine whether additional regulation is needed for these pollutants in the future.
Page reviewed 1/7/19