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 Canberra grass pollen season is almost upon us and we normally expect increased levels of grass pollen to appear in the first week of October and peak in November. So what are we expecting this year as we sniffle and sneeze through spring?
Lessons from the Northern Hemisphere point to the need for long-term monitoring of allergy related airborne pollen in Canberra and across Australia.
What are you breathing in when a dust storm hits Canberra? Recent images of microscopic particles from a dust storm show us the make up of airborne particles recorded during the event. It's enough to make your eyes water!