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Project SC+NTU

SC+NTU

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Team Members

Principal Investigator: Shiuh-Shen, Chien.
Consultant: Jen-Ping, Chen. Ling-Jyh, Chen. Jehn-Yih, Juang. Po-Hsiung, Lin.
Executive Consultant: Ming-Kung, Chung. Yi-Huan, Hsieh.
Work Team: Shao-Yuan, Liu. Fu-Hsiang, Ching. Miao-Jung, Chien. Cheng-En, Lin. Xin, Yan.

Partners

The National Taiwan University Research Center for Future Earth (RCFE)
Office of Institutional Research and Social Responsibility
International Degree Program in Climate Change and Sustainable Development (IPCS)
Location Aware Sensing System (LASS)
Network Research Laboratory Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica

Project Mission

With the convergence of climate change awareness and urban governance in recent years, cities have come to be regarded as important nodes in concerted efforts to respond to the climate change crisis. Consequently, the development and implementation of urban-level climate actions have become crucial tasks. Climate change presents an arduous challenge to contemporary human society. Although it has been seriously discussed for many years, feelings of urgency and actions at the everyday, community scale remain elusive. A key dilemma remains: “urban climate action must be supported by meticulous scientific data; as well as local knowledge to assist in analysis.” Therefore, downscaling scientific data and improving citizens’ environmental perception are two key prerequisites for urban climate change action, and an important social responsibility of the academic and higher education community.
This project is expected to be included under the development of the smart campus concept, whereby National Taiwan University will be regarded as a living lab. Customized sensors will be developed and deployed in the creation of an innovative microclimate sensing network based on downscaled climate data collection and analysis.
In addition, the project will be highly inclusive in order to formulate climate action policy that is informed by local perspectives. The participants include: National Taiwan University’s Department of Geosciences in collaboration with Academia Sinica’s Institute of Information Science (air box development team); the maker community (open source public welfare environmental sensor network) along with local community actors (Wenshan Community College, Taipei City Da’an University Neighborhood, New Taipei City Ying Ge Jian Guo Neighborhood). The project aims to promote the development and deployment of microclimate sensing networks using the concept of participatory sensing. Based on the results of the sensor data and local knowledge, the urban climate map of the southern Taipei area will be gradually created. The university and local community will work in cooperation to propose a location-based climate action plan; and in the process create a democratic climate governance story that can be shared with the world.

Project Execution and Methods

This project is expected to utilize the southern Taipei area (National Taiwan University campus and surrounding communities) as the field research site. The aim is to establish community-scale climate agendas and actions that are based on participatory sensing, environmental data analysis and reproduction, and public governance initiatives. Furthermore, we hope to build a collaborative, scalable climate action plan that extends from the smart campus, smart community, and in turn the smart city.
The project execution and methods are as follows:

Participatory Sensing

  • With the concept of “SC+”, construct outdoor (temperature, humidity, wind speed, light energy, suspended particles, noise), indoor (temperature, humidity, suspended particles, volatile organic compounds, carbon dioxide) and mobile (temperature, humidity, suspended particles, volatile organic compounds).
  • Using the campus and surrounding communities as the research field, select specific indoor and outdoor environments and topics to construct a microclimate sensing network.
  • Promote the “Sensing Citizens” initiative, inviting volunteers and students to use mobile sensors to help collect environmental data during their daily commuting.
  • Develop maker workshops, invite surrounding citizens and communities to jointly produce and deploy sensors, expanding environmental monitoring issues and capabilities.

Data Analysis and Reproduction

  • Integrate the existing environmental sensing stations on campus school to establish a dynamic and static calibration mechanism for data sensing.
  • Combine existing academic and research results to establish urban microclimate models.
  • Construct a real-time information display system to help citizens understand their environmental conditions.

Public Governance Initiative

  • Formulate relevant factors (public health, social economy) and priorities by way of public participation.
  • Construct an annual climate risk map to serve as a reference for urban climate action.

Expected Results

  • The amount of academic research can promote urban climate action and expand the implementation of USR.
  • Value-add for smart cities, gradually realizing the potential of policy and system innovation.
  • Develop a democratized climate governance model that can be shared globally with other democratic governments.

Sensor Module

In the SC+NTU project, we construct two sensor modules to build up the concept of “SC+”. They are NTU4AQ and MAPS6.0, respectively, and you can find the introduction of these two modules below.

1. NTU4AQ(Outdoor Module)

Designed and produced by our team.

2. MAPS6(Indoor/Outdoor Module)

Produced and designed by LASS