Air pollution #6 – Forecasting air pollution in cities (secondary students)


Èlia Tena, Caterina Solé and Digna Couso


Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

The aim of this activity is for students to learn what the air pollution data collected around their school is useful for. A professional scientist from the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC) explains in a video how real data are collected both in national stations and by citizens. He also discusses how this data is used to make forecasts about air quality in our cities.


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  • Air pollution


  • Less than 1 hour

Students’ resources

The video shown in this activity presents an engineering researcher, who explains how to make forecasts about pollution in Barcelona using official data and data collected by citizens. 

Teachers’ resources

No specific tools for teachers are needed in this activity.

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How are air quality forecasts made?

Meet Jan Mateu, an engineer at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center.