UC Berkeley — Air Quality Sensors in South Asia

Organization Name 
Award Date 
12/2020
Grant Amount 
$700,000
Purpose 
To support the installation of a network of low-cost air quality sensors in South Asia and to support research and policy outreach on their use.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant investigators: Zachary Robinson and Alexander Berger

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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $700,000 to UC Berkeley to enable Professor Joshua Apte to collaborate with the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) and the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW) to install a network of low-cost air quality sensors in South Asia and conduct research and policy outreach on their use. The area that the air quality sensors will monitor has some of the worst air quality in the world. IIT Delhi, CEEW, and Professor Apte intend to use the data they collect from the air quality sensors to inform policies that address air pollution in South Asia.

This falls within our focus area of global health and development. For more about our strategy in this area, read our South Asian air quality cause report.