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Real-world application of new sensor technologies for air quality monitoring
ETC/ACM Technical Paper 2013/16

Released: 2014/01/13: See the report

Abstract:
In Europe, the majority of the population lives in areas where air quality levels frequently exceed WHO’s ambient air quality guidelines. Current air pollution networks consist on stations instrumented with costly air quality monitors, which provide accurate data but only in few static locations, and which may be further complemented with models. As a result, data at citizen level are currently scarcer than at station level. In this scenario, the appearance of low-cost, easy-to-use, portable air pollution monitors (sensor platforms) allowing high spatial resolution data in real-time may provide new opportunities to enhance air quality monitoring and open new possibilities and applications. This work reviews sensor technologies currently available, and assesses their potential and limitations.

Prepared by: Núria Castell1, Mar Viana2, María Cruz Minguillón2, Cristina Guerreiro1, Xavier Querol2
1 NILU; 2 IDAEA-CSIC

Published by: ETC/ACM, November 2013, 34 pp.