CSE498, Collaborative Design, Fall 2021
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

The Anthropocene Institute is an organization that partners with researchers, governments, experts and investors to address one of humanity’s most pressing concerns, climate change. The organization provides support to projects related to clean energy, anti-pollution efforts and climate innovation and brings down any political or financial barriers they may experience.

The Anthropocene Institute has turned its attention towards air pollution in hopes of researching the effect that air quality has on premature deaths and health complications, such as increased asthma, infant mortality and lung cancer.

Our Air Pollution Health Outcomes Forecasting Tool is an intuitive web dashboard that provides the public with a detailed analysis of the air quality in their area, as well as the potential resulting health effects.

Users visit our dashboard and are presented with a map view of the United States and a set of filters. These filters allow the user to pick a particular address or region to learn more about the air quality in that location.

We use state-of-the-art machine learning techniques to make predictions about air quality for every location in the United States. Whenever a request for air quality information is made we use historical air quality data as well as up-to-the-hour live air quality readings from sensors around the country to make accurate predictions on the current air quality in any given location.

Our tool is used by a wide variety of people, including people trying to find a safe and healthy place to live, as well as policymakers trying to determine areas in need of assistance.

The front end is developed with HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Our software is served via a Python Flask back end which communicates data from our scikit-learn machine learning models. Our live data is retrieved from Purple Air Sensors.