The D-NOSES methodology offers an alternative and complementary approach to traditional methods for odour measurement and issues management. Like all other methods it has certain qualities that make it more, or less suitable for any particular setting. So, when is the D-NOSES methodology most appropriate? This is one of the questions that this project has […]
After a full three years of the D-NOSES project, it is time to take a look back on the work done and results so far. Delays caused by the pandemic have forced the extension of the project for 6 months, and we will be spending that time wrapping up the work and presenting the achievements […]
The D-NOSES MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) on Odour Pollution were developed by the educational team of MIO-ECSDE in cooperation with the D-NOSES partners. The MOOCs offer open access to information on the issue of odour pollution, in line with Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration (1992), and aim to empower citizens and stimulate public […]
The cause of the project is odours, an issue that knows no boundaries. This could then be defined as an inclusive problem, affecting all those in its path. It requires an inclusive solution, implemented by all the stakeholders involved. D-NOSES has explicitly embraced models of social engagement including the Bristol Method and Extreme Citizen Science, both of which advocate for the inclusivity in the broadest sense of the word. […]
One of the important issues dealt with during the Citizen Science and SDG conference October was the contribution that citizen science can make to the SDGs. To gauge this, there must be a measure of progress towards the SDG goals, which have been defined with carefully chosen indexes. These indexes require data collection, and to be practical sometimes are chosen on the basis of the available data from traditional sources. As an innovation in the area of decentralised data collection, what role can citizen science play in all this? […]
The affected communities map collects input to create an overview of odour issues around the world. Each one of the problems cited is unique to their own community and circumstances, but there are also commonalities and lessons that can be learned if we can exchange knowledge and experiences from around the world. We look at some cases and discuss how the D-NOSES methods might help in these situations. […]
Illegal waste dumping is a common problem that can be challenging to tackle, as in this case of waste from fisheries in Chile. The sources are difficult to trace, even though the final effects are easy to see. D-NOSES proposes to use the human nose, our best and most versatile odour detection system, in a bid to help authorities track down and resolve the problems. […]
Not to get too philosophical, but if no one is there to smell it, does a bad odour exist? But moving industry to new remote locations is usually a prohibitive investment. In other words, the best thing to do is to avoid problems by ensuring that industries and residential areas are kept at safe distances from each other. It is then heartening to see that planners are learning from past experiences to improve the way they assess applications for new developments. Taking into account the cumulative effect of farms is already a great step into a wider ecological systems thinking. […]
‘Fishy smell’ from creamery prompts uproar in Cornwall village.
When odour emitters ignore their neighbours, things can become difficult, as the owners of a creamery found out a while ago in the UK.
“If it was the occasional whiff it would be fine, you expect that living in the country, but now it’s all the time” […]