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Integrated Sensor Systems for Environmental Applications

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 May 2024 | Viewed by 1785

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Interests: environment sensing; system integration

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Dear Colleagues,

Integrated sensor systems for environmental applications involve the use of various sensors and technologies to monitor and analyze environmental parameters in real-time. These systems are critical for understanding and managing environmental issues, such as pollution, climate change, and ecosystem health. They provide valuable data to scientists, policymakers, and the public, enabling informed decision-making and the implementation of effective environmental management strategies. By harnessing the power of integrated sensor systems, we can better understand environmental dynamics, address environmental challenges, and work towards a more sustainable and resilient future.

This Special Issue therefore aims to collate original research and review articles on recent advances, technologies, solutions, applications, and new challenges in the field of integrated sensor systems.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Sustainability Management;
  • Biodiversity Monitoring;
  • Remote Monitoring and Real-time Data;
  • Radiation Sensors;
  • Air/Water/Soil Quality Monitoring;
  • Weather Monitoring;
  • Pollution Detection;
  • Environmental Data Analysis;
  • Resource Conservation.

Prof. Dr. Paddy J. French
Dr. Marios Sophocleous
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • integrated sensor systems
  • sensor networks
  • environment monitoring
  • gas sensors, lab-on-a-chip

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Environmental Quality bOX (EQ-OX): A Portable Device Embedding Low-Cost Sensors Tailored for Comprehensive Indoor Environmental Quality Monitoring
by Jacopo Corona, Stefano Tondini, Duccio Gallichi Nottiani, Riccardo Scilla, Andrea Gambaro, Wilmer Pasut, Francesco Babich and Roberto Lollini
Sensors 2024, 24(7), 2176; https://doi.org/10.3390/s24072176 - 28 Mar 2024
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The continuous monitoring of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) plays a crucial role in improving our understanding of the prominent parameters affecting building users’ health and perception of their environment. In field studies, indoor environment monitoring often does not go beyond the assessment of [...] Read more.
The continuous monitoring of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) plays a crucial role in improving our understanding of the prominent parameters affecting building users’ health and perception of their environment. In field studies, indoor environment monitoring often does not go beyond the assessment of air temperature, relative humidity, and CO2 concentration, lacking consideration of other important parameters due to budget constraints and the complexity of multi-dimensional signal analyses. In this paper, we introduce the Environmental Quality bOX (EQ-OX) system, which was designed for the simultaneous monitoring of quantities of some of the main IEQs with a low level of uncertainty and an affordable cost. Up to 15 parameters can be acquired at a time. The system embeds only low-cost sensors (LCSs) within a compact case, enabling vast-scale monitoring campaigns in residential and office buildings. The results of our laboratory and field tests show that most of the selected LCSs can match the accuracy required for indoor campaigns. A lightweight data processing algorithm has been used for the benchmark. Our intent is to estimate the correlation achievable between the detected quantities and reference measurements when a linear correction is applied. Such an approach allows for a preliminary assessment of which LCSs are the most suitable for a cost-effective IEQ monitoring system. Full article
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Measurement Errors When Measuring Temperature in the Sun
by Florian Teichmann, Alexander Pichlhöfer, Abdulah Sulejmanovski and Azra Korjenic
Sensors 2024, 24(5), 1564; https://doi.org/10.3390/s24051564 - 28 Feb 2024
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In the validation of microclimate simulation software, the comparison of simulation results with on-site measurements is a common practice. To ensure reliable validation, it is crucial to utilize high-quality temperature sensors with a deviation smaller than the average absolute error of the simulation [...] Read more.
In the validation of microclimate simulation software, the comparison of simulation results with on-site measurements is a common practice. To ensure reliable validation, it is crucial to utilize high-quality temperature sensors with a deviation smaller than the average absolute error of the simulation software. However, previous validation campaigns have identified significant absolute errors, particularly during periods of high solar radiation, possibly attributed to the use of non-ventilated radiation shields. This study addresses the issue by introducing a ventilated radiation shield created through 3D printing, aiming to enhance the accuracy of measurements on cloudless summer days with intense solar radiation. The investigation employs two pairs of sensors, each comprising one sensor with a ventilated and one with a non-ventilated radiation shield, placed on a south-oriented facade with two distinct albedos. Results from the measurement campaign indicate that the air temperature measured by the non-ventilated sensor is elevated by up to 2.8 °C at high albedo and up to 1.9 °C at a low albedo facade, compared to measurements with the ventilated radiation shield. An in-depth analysis of means, standard deviations, and 95% fractiles highlights the strong dependency of the non-ventilated sensor error on wind velocity. This research underscores the importance of employing ventilated radiation shields for accurate microclimate measurements, particularly in scenarios involving high solar radiation, contributing valuable insights for researchers and practitioners engaged in microclimate simulation validation processes. Full article
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