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Sensors 2017, 17(11), 2478;

Low-Cost Air Quality Monitoring Tools: From Research to Practice (A Workshop Summary)

Office of Research and Development, Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, USA
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA
Office of Chief Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO 80309, USA
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Received: 21 September 2017 / Revised: 16 October 2017 / Accepted: 19 October 2017 / Published: 28 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Air Pollution Sensors: A New Class of Tools to Measure Air Quality)
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In May 2017, a two-day workshop was held in Los Angeles (California, U.S.A.) to gather practitioners who work with low-cost sensors used to make air quality measurements. The community of practice included individuals from academia, industry, non-profit groups, community-based organizations, and regulatory agencies. The group gathered to share knowledge developed from a variety of pilot projects in hopes of advancing the collective knowledge about how best to use low-cost air quality sensors. Panel discussion topics included: (1) best practices for deployment and calibration of low-cost sensor systems, (2) data standardization efforts and database design, (3) advances in sensor calibration, data management, and data analysis and visualization, and (4) lessons learned from research/community partnerships to encourage purposeful use of sensors and create change/action. Panel discussions summarized knowledge advances and project successes while also highlighting the questions, unresolved issues, and technological limitations that still remain within the low-cost air quality sensor arena. View Full-Text
Keywords: air quality; low-cost sensors; data standards; data management; community-based organizations air quality; low-cost sensors; data standards; data management; community-based organizations
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Clements, A.L.; Griswold, W.G.; RS, A.; Johnston, J.E.; Herting, M.M.; Thorson, J.; Collier-Oxandale, A.; Hannigan, M. Low-Cost Air Quality Monitoring Tools: From Research to Practice (A Workshop Summary). Sensors 2017, 17, 2478.

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