2019 Hudson Data Jam Competition

Making data "sing" through creative expression

Now in its sixth year, the Hudson Data Jam Competition challenges students to creatively tell the science stories of the Hudson River watershed.

***Level 3: Air Pollution Trends in the United States

***Level 3: Air Pollution Trends in the United States

Prepared by Lauren Shulman (Eximius College Preparatory Academy) and Michelle Vehlo (Hudson Montessori School)

This dataset is in our set of highlighted projects, which means we've developed an expanded metadata file with more background information, resources, and sample inquiry questions. 

Air quality refers to the health and safety of the atmosphere and is determined based on the amount of pollutants in the air. Air pollutants include compounds such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide (CO), ozone (O3), sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), gaseous lead (Pb), and particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10). These compounds make up less than 1% of the atmosphere, yet they are very important to making sure we and our environment are healthy. The average adult breathes over 3,000 gallons of air every day, and it matters what is in the air we breathe.

In this dataset, students can explore how air pollution has changed over time in the USA and in New York.

Click here for Air Pollution Trends in the USA data

Click here for expanded metadata and additional resources 

Data Sources:  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Census Bureau

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