National Fine Dust Forecast Project

Country
South Korea
Sustainable development goals
  • Good health and well-being
  • Sustainable cities and communities
Project link
http://www.korea.kr/policy/graphicsView.do?newsId=148847360

About the project

Fine Dust Forecast is led by the Ministry of Environment and supported by private companies, K-Weather and Korea Telecom by deploying AI technology to measure fine dust and monitor air pollution trends.

More project information

Fine Dust Forecast is led by the Ministry of Environment and supported by private companies, K-Weather and Korea Telecom by deploying AI technology to measure fine dust and monitor air pollution trends. 

The Ministry of Environment of South Korea provides fine dust forecast based on an AI-powered supercomputer. The ministry increased the number of measurement networks capable of covering PM 2.5 for the same purpose while increasing the number of old diesel cars to be disused this year by 12,000 to 70,000.

In April 2017, the Ministry started a joint research project with China on atmospheric pollution in the northeastern region of China. The ministry also expanded its cooperation for atmospheric pollution reduction with China by initiating similar projects in the Liaoning Province and Inner Mongolia as well as Shandong, Hebei and Shanxi.

Some South Korean tech companies are stepping in with their own innovations like KT, the country's largest telecom provider and its Air Map Korea Project. Completed in 2018, the nationwide network of 1,500 data-collection platforms leverages KT's vast information and communications technology infrastructure of telephone poles, mobile bases and public phone booths to monitor pollution trends and "accumulate know-how."

KT's ultimate goal is to use artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things to pair the Air Map Korea Project with other systems like air purifiers and air purifying plants. These could adjust automatically as pollution levels increase or decrease.

The National Fine Dust Forecast Project supported by private sectors ultimately helps meet the Partnerships for the Goals. The project also helps promote the Good Health and Well-Being goal and well as the Cities and Communities goal by precisely predicting air pollution trends and helping establish national environment policy to promote the public health.