This webinar was presented on April 16, 2014
Traditional air quality monitoring networks are the foundation for air quality management, policy and regulations, population exposure assessments and health effects research. With increasing awareness of spatial variability in air pollution concentrations within cities and the importance of pollution gradients from traffic and neighborhood sources, such as residential wood combustion, there is an increasing need to also evaluate air pollution variability at local or neighborhood scales. While passive sampler networks, mobile monitoring campaigns and the application of land use regression and dispersion models have provided useful information on air pollution spatial variability, none of the approaches can fully characterize both short-term temporal and spatial gradients in pollutant concentrations. Recently, there has been a proliferation of low-cost, low power, miniaturized, autonomous (and typically wireless) air quality monitoring units that have the potential to be applied in dynamic dispersed high resolution air quality monitoring networks and to be used in "Citizen Science" applications. We will review new air quality monitoring technologies and discuss their use in the context of conventional monitoring and new applications. We will summarize information on sensor performance and provide recommendations regarding future applications.
Michael Brauer is a Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at The University of British Columbia (UBC). He also directs the Bridge Program – a strategic training program linking public health, engineering and policy. His research focuses on the assessment of exposure and health impacts of air pollution. He has participated in monitoring and epidemiological studies throughout the world and served as an advisor to a large number of regional, national and international organizations.
Ms. Annie Wang
UBC School of Population and Public Health
Annie Wang is a second year Master of Science student studying Occupational and Environmental Hygiene at UBC. She earned her BSc in Biochemistry from UBC in 2012. Currently, Annie holds a fellowship position at the interdisciplinary Collaborative Research and Training Experience-Atmospheric Aerosol Program. She is interested in the potential uses of emerging wireless sensor technologies for monitoring intra-urban air pollution in Metro Vancouver.
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