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Key Concerns and Drivers of Low-Cost Air Quality Sensor Use

Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO 80204, USA
Academic Editors: Baojie He, Ayyoob Sharifi, Jun Yang and Chi Feng
Sustainability 2022, 14(1), 584; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14010584
Received: 17 November 2021 / Revised: 3 January 2022 / Accepted: 3 January 2022 / Published: 5 January 2022
(This article belongs to the Topic Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability)
Low-cost sensors are revolutionizing air pollution monitoring by providing real-time, highly localized air quality information. The relatively low-cost nature of these devices has made them accessible to the broader public. Although there have been several fitness-of-purpose appraisals of the various sensors on the market, little is known about what drives sensor usage and how the public interpret the data from their sensors. This article attempts to answer these questions by analyzing the key themes discussed in the user reviews of low-cost sensors on Amazon. The themes and use cases identified have the potential to spur interventions to support communities of sensor users and inform the development of actionable data-visualization strategies with the measurements from such instruments, as well as drive appropriate ‘fitness-of-purpose’ appraisals of such devices. View Full-Text
Keywords: low-cost air quality monitors; citizen science; Amazon reviews low-cost air quality monitors; citizen science; Amazon reviews
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deSouza, P.N. Key Concerns and Drivers of Low-Cost Air Quality Sensor Use. Sustainability 2022, 14, 584. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14010584

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deSouza PN. Key Concerns and Drivers of Low-Cost Air Quality Sensor Use. Sustainability. 2022; 14(1):584. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14010584

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deSouza, Priyanka N. 2022. "Key Concerns and Drivers of Low-Cost Air Quality Sensor Use" Sustainability 14, no. 1: 584. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14010584

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