Bangladesh is known for its vulnerability to climate change, consistently ranked as one of the most polluted countries. With more than 20 million people, Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh is an example of the most polluted megacities in the world.
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) is the oldest and leading institution for engineering study in Bangladesh. The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering of BUET is a leading academic department in the country due to the outstanding graduates it is producing, its various research activities, and its extensive involvement in countless crucial national development projects. The Environmental Engineering Laboratory of the Civil Engineering Department is well-equipped with advanced facilities for water, wastewater, and ambient air quality research. It is a 2800 ft2 laboratory space located on the 3rd floor of the Civil Engineering Building. The Mentor Dr. Provat Kumar Saha has full access to all the facilities in this lab as a full-time faculty member of the department. Instruments in this laboratory include, among others, an Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, a TOC analyzer, and a modern Spectrophotometer. Air quality measurement instruments include gravimetric samplers for particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10), Condensation Particle Counter for measuring ultrafine particles, and Real-time, Affordable, Multi-Pollutant (RAMP) monitor for low-cost sensor-based measurement of PM2.5 and trace gases (CO, NO, NO2, O3).
The Department of Chemistry, University of Dhaka is the leading research organization for atmospheric chemistry in Bangladesh. Dr. Salam has been leading the atmospheric science research with 25 group members and has been working on various aspects of air quality in Bangladesh with highly sophisticated instruments, e.g., Cimel sunphotometer (Robot), Aerosol Robotic network, NASA-USA. It has been measuring the intensity of sun at seven different wavelengths since 2013. It changes the direction automatically with the moving of sun and also upload data automatically to the AERONET website. Dr. Abdus Salam’s group has many other monitoring instruments (e.g., BAM 1020, Air Photon) and also several low-cost sensors (e.g., Air Visual). U.S. students will get the opportunity to learn from these long-term measurements in the highly polluted megacity of Dhaka.