Science Inventory

Low cost sensors: Field evaluations and multi-sensor approaches for emissions factors

Citation:

Bergin, M., K. Johnson, G. Hagler, AND A. Russell. Low cost sensors: Field evaluations and multi-sensor approaches for emissions factors. Air Sensors workshop, RTP, NC, June 09 - 10, 2014.

Impact/Purpose:

This abstract is describing a plenary presentation for the 2014 Air Sensors workshop on field work testing and applying low cost sensors in Atlanta and India.

Description:

The development, and application of low cost sensors to measure both particulate and gas-phase air pollutants is poised to explode over the next several years. The need for the sensors is driven by poor air quality experienced in inhabited regions throughout the world, in both developed and developing countries, and citizen health concerns. Although a variety of low cost sensors are currently available, the performance of most sensors is currently not well understood. The necessary precision and accuracy needed depends on the application, and can vary from citizens concerned simply with whether air quality is ‘bad’ versus ‘good’ in their homes, to policy makers concerned about attainment and needing federal reference method data quality. In this presentation we will present field evaluations of select sensors to measure particulate matter (PM) and CO2 using relatively inexpensive components for data acquisition. We will compare measurements at relatively low PM concentrations (~10-30 gm-3) in Atlanta, to high concentrations (~100-300 ugm-3) in India. We will also present results for PM emissions factors (EF: which uses the measured increase in PM per unit increase in CO2 to determine the PM emissions per unit fuel consumed) at a roadside site in Atlanta and will discuss issues related to data analysis and interpretation. Overall, the combination of multi-low-cost sensor data has the potential to supply powerful information on the specific sources, and source strengths of pollutants in addition to yielding key information on spatial and temporal pollutant distributions.

URLs/Downloads:

EPA AIR SENSORS 2014_MIKE ABSTRACT.PDF   (PDF,NA pp, 91.695 KB,  about PDF)

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/ABSTRACT)
Product Published Date: 06/10/2014
Record Last Revised: 09/01/2016
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 325570

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

AIR POLLUTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL DIVISION