Kaohsiung is using drones to monitor air quality: EPA
Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan has been using aerial photography to track down sources of air pollution, with officials saying the new technology helps them work more effectively.
The Environmental Protection Bureau of southern Taiwan’s largest city, known for its highly developed heavy industry, said it has carried two missions recently using unmanned aerial vehicles.
The operation has already discovered an underground construction project and a cement factory in violation of environment laws, the bureau said.
In the past, violators could easily cover up if they were using excessive amounts of gravel, while monitoring underground operations are especially challenging, according to the bureau.
The bureau said it will carry out five more missions in the near future to better track down illegal behavior and collect information of data on particles 2.5 microns or smaller in diameter ( PM2.5), some of which are caused by industrial activity.
PM2.5 particles are considered particularly dangerous because they are usually made up of substances like heavy metals that are more toxic, and can travel deep into the lungs.