AirRater: combining environmental and app-based symptom monitoring

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Date(s) - 2017/05/09
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

NIWA Auckland



Speaker: Dr Amanda Wheeler (about)

Dr Amanda Wheeler is a researcher with over 15 years of expertise in the fields of human exposure to environmental contaminants and air pollution health effects.

She is currently a Research Fellow at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania.  Her fellowship is partially funded by the CRE Centre for Air quality and health Research and evaluation​ (CAR).  Her current research activities include development of a smartphone app to track respiratory symptoms and exposures to environmental triggers including smoke and pollens, developing exposure indices for the Hazelwood Mine Fire Health Study – Early Life Follow-up study (ELF), evaluating interventions to reduce exposures to wood smoke emissions in residential settings, and a feasibility study to evaluate the impacts of traffic emissions on child-care centre air quality.

The AirRater project combines environmental monitoring along with a personal smartphone app for capturing symptoms. Monitoring and sensing equipment around the state captures information on smoke, pollen and temperature. At the same time, app users can report their symptoms of asthma, allergy and hay fever. AirRater can help users work out what environmental conditions trigger their symptoms, and then generate alerts when these triggers are elevated.​

The webinar will be live and will be followed by a brief Q&A session.

Presentation: AirRater – NIWA 



  1. Profile photo of Ayushi Kachhara

    The video will not show due to dual screen arrangement for attendees in the room. But will be made available later. Apologies!

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