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'OzoneMap' app delivering real-time air quality reports
Date:3/19/2013

Several health risks are attributed to ozone exposure. These include aggravated asthma, coughing, inflamed breathing passages and increased vulnerability to respiratory infections.

Now, Houstonians have a new tool to help determine air quality in their communities and throughout the greater metropolitan area. "OzoneMap" is a free smart phone and tablet app (for both Apple and Android products) that delivers real-time air quality reports.

OzoneMapThe app is made possible through a partnership between the University of Houston, Air Alliance Houston and the American Lung Association. It is among the clean air initiatives sponsored by a three-year $450,000 grant from Houston Endowment and builds on the partnership's previous project HoustonCleanAirNetwork.com, a website delivering real-time ozone updates. UH computer science students under the supervision of professor Ioannis Pavlidis developed "OzoneMap" to make that site's information available on a mobile platform.

"OzoneMap" will be showcased during a Houston Ozone Action Day event at 12:30 p.m., March 22 at Spring Branch Community Health Center (1615 Hillendahl, Ste. 100). Representatives from the partnering institutions will be in attendance including Dan Price, professor in UH's Honors College and philosophy department, and Barry Lefer, associate chair UH's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Members of the community are invited to learn more about "OzoneMap."

"The app allows users to see whether ozone has reached dangerous levels in their respective neighborhoods, or if the clouds have already passed," Price said. "It will be particularly helpful for parents or educators who are concerned with children's health and for those with ozone sensitivity."

"OzoneMap" features a map of the greater Houston area. Colored clouds illustrate ozone levels in different parts of the city. Conditions range from good (white) to hazardous (purple). The app's users ca
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Contact: Mike Emery
pemery@uh.edu
713-743-8186
University of Houston
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