Low-Cost Improvements to Air Quality Measurements

Across the U.S., air pollutants regulated under the Clean Air Act are monitored at fixed location sites, and based on these measurements, the majority of the U.S. does not experience air quality issues. However, these measurement sites may be sparsely distributed. Dr. May will discuss two of his projects that seek to address this issue by providing data with improved measurements in areas where people live, work, and play using low cost sensors. These projects include deploying sensors on a transit bus to provide regular, repeated measurements in an urban environment and collaborating with high schools near Columbus, Ohio, to establish a network of sensors throughout the local community.
This improved spatial resolution provides better estimates of localized air pollutant concentrations and is an example of society’s application of laws and policies to better protect children, the elderly, and other groups who may be more sensitive to poor air quality.

Co-Sponsored by the Environmental Science Program

Start Date: 
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 7:30pm
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