Asthma and PM2.5

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Source: https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/ehp92/#tab3

This is a figure that comes from the Environmental Health Prospectives journal that contains the weighted estimates of the population with active asthma (open circles) and estimated percentages of adults with asthma symptoms in the past 14 days (filled circles) across categories of particulate matter ≤ 2.5 μm in diameter (PM2.5). A) deals with the PM2.5 concentration. B) Shows Ozone concentration C) Shows the precipitation levels and D) shows the Temperature in Degrees Fahrenheit.

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www.toxicsites.us

This interesting webpage displays toxic locations or superfund sites throughout the US based on the year it was discovered, the type of waste, the site’s hazardous ranking score, population size near the site, and race around the location. Brooke Singer and team wanted to show the areas of these superfund sites and provide a map that the community could interact with. Check the site out at www.toxicsites.us

Below is a full view of the US in 2015 and under is zoomed in on New Jersey in the New Brunswick area. Thanks www.toxicsites.us for the interesting map!

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Flint Lead Testing Map

This map on michiganradio.org  from February 1st, depicts the results of home lead tests in Flint. The test information, gathered by the State, was then grouped into the following categories to make this map:

  • 0 ppb – no lead detected in the drinking water
  • 1-4 ppb – the EPA deems this range as acceptable
  • 5-14 ppb – exposure is a concern, but still below an EPA “federal action level”
  • 15-49 ppb – a range above the federal action level for lead, but can be treated by filters
  • 50-149 ppb – reaching dangerous levels, but can be treated by filters
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Looking at this map, trying to determine the source is difficult because no real pattern can be determined. Makes you think about what other areas in the US have horrible water that either hasn’t been discovered yet, or just taken seriously.

Thanks Michigan Radio for the map! All information from michiganradio.org 

aqicn.org – Air Pollution Map

Air pollution is definitely a concern, especially with the growing population. I came across this air pollution map on aqicn.org that shows real-time air quality around the world. The screenshot below is of the United States, and shows that earlier today, we had a good to moderate air pollution level. If you check out the site, you can see a map of the world and compare how each country or continent is ranking in their current air level rate. The map is color-coded with green being good, yellow being moderate, orange is unhealthy for sensitive groups, red is unhealthy, purple is very unhealthy and dark red is hazardous.

Screen shot 2015-07-13 at 7.02.26 PMCheck out what your area looks like, and keep in mind how you can lessen your amount of air pollution! Check out the site by going to aqicn.org or click here.

Mapping Dog Waste

Last month, we were involved in a project that mapped out water drains in urban areas to show how community participatory mapping can be used in preventing urban flood issues. The project which took place in Seoul, South Korea, was a part of UN-GGIM-AP (www.un-ggim-ap.org). We surveyed 164 water drains with volunteers, and found that only 20% of them were functional (25% were covered by something to avoid drainage smell, and 55% was filled or blocked by garbage).

Back in the States, an interesting IMRivers project has been ongoing with the Maryland DNR. Students have been working with Maryland Department of Natural Resources on Storm Drain Stenciling (www.imrivers.org/stencil).

Storm drains were designed to be the fastest and most efficient way of getting rainwater off streets and parking lots. Unfortunately, water that flows into the storm drains carry trash and sediment from the street, fertilizers, toxins from pesticides, household cleaners, gasoline and motor oil. All of this rainwater in the storm drains then ends up in the local stream or river.

If you or your group want to make a similar map for your community, let us know! This can also be a great project for students to learn and get involved in urban water issues. IMRivers is a great tool to use for citizen science and civic engagement. Let us know if you would like to do any projects involving civic/citizen engagement using community participatory mapping like IMRivers. Also if you have any interesting mapping stories to share please let us know!

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NRDC- Renewable Energy for America

I found this really interesting map on Natural Resources Defense Council’s website that shows existing and planned renewable energy sources across the United States. I think it is super important to look into and input renewable energy sources, and that the US should continue to be open in incorporating lasting energy efficient sources of power. I feel like many other nations are ahead of us in making the switch from non-renewable to renewable sources, so lets continue to step up! Take a look at the map and see what green energy sources are in your state or soon will be. The map shows wind, solar, advanced biofuel, biodigesters, geothermal, and low-impact hydroelectric facilitates that are currently in the US and planned to be built or operated soon. Check out the site to see the energy map for the US or take a closer look at each state on www.nrdc.org/energy/renewables/energymap.asp.

This map shows all the existing renewable sources in the US.
This map shows all the existing renewable sources in the US.

Posted by Intern Eva Gerrits. Click here to see the site. Contact gis@vertices.com

Helpful Links ! Share & Post

Hey Bloggers!

I just wanted to post a view of our company’s (Vertices) sites for you guys to follow & share. As you know, or if your visiting our blog for the first time, Vertices is a GIS Consulting and App Solutions company in New Brunswick, New Jersey. We have our own mapping program called Mappler, that allows the product user to custom a community map that fits their needs. Vertices also does a lot of work with watershed organizations, schools, non-profits, and small to large scale companies. We also train product users on our Mappler application and work with various groups to jump start their community map project. If you, your company, your organization, your group, your school, or your website ever need an easy to read, easy to follow, and easy to contribute too map, CONTACT US! 🙂

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