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Temperature, Wind and Pollution Modelling and Monitoring Grid

Establish a city-wide network of sensors that continuously report wind, temperature, humidity, pressure and pollution (CO2, CO, N2S, O3) levels to a public data archive. Hundreds of these sensors would be installed across all city neighbourhoods and at various heights downtown to create a public, live and historic 24x7x365 super-density 3D model of Calgary's environment and climate.

What will change for Calgarians if we solve this problem? (Measurable)

"The results of collecting environmental data at this resolution will provide an ever-growing dataset that will enable an enormous amount of data-backed analysis and work optimization that simply isn't possible today. For example, climate scientists can build data models of how weather varies across the city. These models will empower both public and private organizations to optimize both public services and private business endeavours.

City workers will be able to efficiently and effectively water city parks where and when its most needed. Winter snow ploughs can be dispatched to where snow is deepest and snow fences can be planned and set up where its snowy and windiest. New public parks, playgrounds and outdoor ice rinks can be placed where wind and weather is most favourable. The wind impact of new highrise buildings can be more accurately modeled and predicted based on real data, thereby minimizing negative impacts on surrounding communities.

Wind doesn't just move in one direction, it is a dynamic fluid that makes responding to airborne threats almost impossible. With the implementation of a high-density, live model of wind movement, emergency services will be able to immediately know where dangerous fumes and smoke is located and moving to when fires and disaster strikes (remember the Hub Oil fire?). Air polluters who use the cover of darkness to avoid detection will no longer be able poison our environment undetected.

Weather forecasters will be able to improve their predictions of weather both in and around the city and city planners will be able to better understand and measure the effect and intensity of heat islands and cold canyons around the variety of proposed urban designs, thereby being able to avoid such outcomes in the future.

The data repository will provide a new and novel resource for commercial application against a wide variety of challenges. This will help to create new economic opportunities for Calgarians, further strengthening and diversifying our economy away from our historical dependence on the oil and gas sector."

How could we make it happen with technology or data? (Attainable)

This suggestion is all about technology and data. I am suggesting the creation of a network of hundreds of sensors to be placed all over the city of Calgary to report on wind, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure and pollution levels of common urban pollutants like CO2, CO, N2S and O3. These sensors would provide a constant stream of live and historic, publicly accessible data for use by both government and private industry in the provision and optimization of public services and private industry invention.

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