COP26 case studies
Urban Greenhouse Gases Monitoring, Glasgow

The challenge trying to be solved

Provide accurate, high-resolution and real-time data on levels and sources of CO2 and other greenhouse gases.

What is being done

The University of Strathclyde is leading a pilot project that is employing a dense network of low-cost sensors across the City of Glasgow to monitor the levels of polluting gases, greenhouse gases and particulates in real-time.


The results of the project will be presented at the COP26 climate change conference in the city in 2021. The project is being run in partnership with Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley. The project aims to demonstrate how this data can provide policymakers with immediate insights into the results of their decisions and help guide policies on climate change and pollution. The project will facilitate the understanding, management and reduction of greenhouse and pollutant gases in major cities.

The future

To facilitate the creation of dense networks of sensors measuring greenhouse gas and other pollutants in cities across the world as part of their efforts to combat climate change.


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Further details

News story: Greenhouse gases in Glasgow’s air to be monitored in real-time