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Special Issue "Advances in Air Quality Monitoring Towards Reducing Air Pollution and Health Impacts"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Health, Well-Being and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2021) | Viewed by 926

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Fernando Gomes Martins
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LEPABE - Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Interests: application of process sytems engineering tools to environmental and chemical engineering problems; multivariate statistical methods and models; air quality monitoring and modeling
Dr. Sofia Sousa
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LEPABE - Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Interests: impact of air quality on public health; assessment and management of air quality; atmospheric emissions from shipping; indoor air quality and its impact on childhood asthma–epidemiology; low-cost sensors for air quality measurements; air quality modeling
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Dr. Pedro Branco
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Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Interests: indoor air quality; outdoor air pollution; exposure modelling; occupational exposure; health impacts; mitigation strategies; low-cost sensors for air quality monitoring; statistical analysis
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The right to breathe healthy air is a fundamental right for all. This right is violated every day, as 90% of the world's population breathes polluted air outdoors and indoors, causing 7 million deaths annually. Therefore, there is a strong need for more comprehensive data on air quality worldwide.

For that reason, monitoring air pollutants is highly important and should be performed in both outdoor and indoor environments. Air quality monitoring can be performed with reference or research-grade instruments, or even with low-cost sensors or other emerging technologies. It can be done using either fixed, mobile or portable monitors that can be used alone or organised in networks. These can be used either for personal exposure or ambient air monitoring (outdoors or indoors) and sample actively (continuously) or passively. In any case, validation and calibration are required to ensure the reliability and quality of the data collected.

One of the most significant uses of reliable air quality monitoring data is to establish a credible link with health impacts. Another very important purpose is to support the validation of models. Modeling is advantageous, as it allows understading the spatial and temporal trends of air pollution.

As such, this Special Issue will focus on air quality monitoring, including all types of methodologies, techniques, and applications. By doing so, this Special Issue will be a useful supplement to the existing literature as it will gather worldwide innovative research on air quality monitoring, including a plethora of techniques reliable enough to be used as tools for improving air quality, for modeling validation, and for assessing air pollution impacts on health.

Prof. Dr. Fernando Gomes Martins
Dr. Sofia Sousa
Dr. Pedro Branco
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • air quality monitoring
  • reference instruments
  • research-grade instruments
  • low-cost sensors

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Radon in Indoor Air: Towards Continuous Monitoring
Sustainability 2022, 14(3), 1529; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14031529 - 28 Jan 2022
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Radon poses significant health risks. Thus, the continuous monitoring of radon concentrations in buildings’ indoor air is relevant, particularly in schools. Low-cost sensors devices are emerging as promising technologies, although their reliability is still unknown. Therefore, this is the first study aiming to [...] Read more.
Radon poses significant health risks. Thus, the continuous monitoring of radon concentrations in buildings’ indoor air is relevant, particularly in schools. Low-cost sensors devices are emerging as promising technologies, although their reliability is still unknown. Therefore, this is the first study aiming to evaluate the performance of low-cost sensors devices for short-term continuous radon monitoring in the indoor air of nursery and primary school buildings. Five classrooms of different age groups (infants, pre-schoolers and primary school children) were selected from one nursery and one primary school in Porto (Portugal). Radon indoor concentrations were continuously monitored using one reference instrument (Radim 5B) and three commercially available low-cost sensors devices (Airthings Wave and RandonEye: RD200 and RD200P2) for short-term sampling (2–4 consecutive days) in each studied classroom. Radon concentrations were in accordance with the typical profiles found in other studies (higher on weekends and non-occupancy periods than on occupancy). Both RadonEye low-cost sensors devices presented similar profiles with Radim 5B and good performance indices (R2 reaching 0.961), while the Airthings Wave behavior was quite different. These results seem to indicate that the RadonEye low-cost sensors devices studied can be used in short-term radon monitoring, being promising tools for actively reducing indoor radon concentrations. Full article
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