Canberra has been subjected to one of the worst starts to summer with air quality conditions reaching HAZARDOUS levels due to dense smoke haze, but this represents only one of the Big 3 Particulate Air Quality Challenges for people living in Canberra. Our citizen science survey's show that daily reporting of environmental factors such as pollen and particulate matter (PM2.5/PM10) via online apps can help understand risk factors for respiratory health in Canberra. We recommend changes to the frequency and spatial density for recording of these environmental factors that will help to further mitigate health risk into the future.
Spring weather in Canberra can often be surprising but this season seems to have been full of turbulent weather patterns ranging from cold wintery blasts to hot choking dust storms. What has this meant for the grass pollen counts this season?
The tree pollen season is all but over in Canberra but now the grass pollen season has started and is in full swing (or full sneeze!)
The appearance of fluff in the ACT signals two things - grass pollen is on the rise and uni exams are just around the corner!
(Iconic image by Mick Ashley see https://mickashley.com.au/product/pollen/)
The Department of Archaeology and Natural History at the Australian National University in Canberra and the Health Protection Service, ACT Health, offer a service that forecasts the level of pollen in the air. The forecast alerts those who suffer from hay fever and seasonal asthma of the likelihood of being exposed to high levels of grass pollen, enabling sufferers to take preventative measures in danger periods.