2022 Program Topics

Topics for the 2022 conference include:

Advanced measurement approaches for fenceline and fugitive monitoring applications

Lead Session Chairs:

Ingrid George, US EPA & Arsineh Hecobian, Chevron

This session will explore the development and application of emerging air measurement approaches to characterize fugitive emissions and to evaluate their air quality impacts on fenceline communities.

Community Air Sensor Use

Lead Session Chairs:

Ashley Collier-Oxandale, South Coast AQMD, Jan-Michael Archer, University of Maryland School of Public Health, & Gwendylon Smith, Community Health Aligning Revitalization Resilience & Sustainability (CHARRS), Jill Johnston, University of Southern California, Aubrey Burgess, City and County of Denver, Colorado

Community leadership in air quality research has increased rapidly in the last decade, in part facilitated by the emergence of low-cost sensor technologies. In this session, we will hear from community leaders and their partners about the interests, needs, and experiences of those participating in community-based air quality monitoring projects. The discussion will include building strong collaborations that maximize benefits to communities while minimizing extraction and improving the usefulness of sensors and related resources. Speakers may also address how to implement projects that produce data, which can be leveraged for positive policy outcomes and local action. 

Discussion topics may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Examples of specific potential benefits to communities participating in these types of projects (e.g., capacity building, training, or access to equipment)
  • Examples of how groups have successfully leveraged data to inform positive policy outcomes and local action
  • Input from community members on what types of resources or support are not typically included in these projects but, if added, could enhance participation or project success
  • Examples of projects or collaborations discussing how the active participation of community members in the research (i.e., data collection, data analysis, and data interpretation) has increased the success of the project 

Communication Strategies for Understanding, Insight, and Action

Lead Chairs:

Michael Ogletree, City & County of Denver, Dept. of Public Health & Environment, & Melissa Lunden, Aclima

The proliferation of individual sensors and sensor networks has led to an exciting, data-rich environment; however, communicating information supported by the data remains challenging. Effective communication often needs contributions from diverse talents in addition to air quality professionals (i.e. graphic designers, data and interface engineers, communication specialists) as well as the inclusion of contextual information (sources, meaningful locations, interpretive materials) to allow users to learn from the data without expert guidance. This session will feature discussions of any and all aspects that help communicate air quality information in a clear and comprehensible manner.

Filling in the air quality data gap and enabling air quality management in LMICs using low-cost sensors

Lead Session Chairs:

Amanda Kaufman, US EPA, R. Subramanian, OSU-Efluve/CNRS, & Rob Pinder, US EPA

Many low- and middle-income countries have little to no air quality monitoring due to the high cost of traditional monitoring equipment, which also impedes progress on air quality management and pollution exposure estimation in these countries. Low-cost sensors can help fill in the air quality data gap and empower local researchers and government officials to estimate population exposure and develop air quality management plans. We invite presentations on case studies and innovative solutions to combat air pollution using low-cost sensors.

Indoor Sensing for Air Quality Control and Ventilation Applications

Lead Session Chairs:

Ajith Kaduwela, CARB, Rima Habre, University of Southern California, Mohammed Ayoub, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, Heidi Vreeland, US EPA

Sensors are increasingly being used indoors to monitor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), track infiltration of outdoor air pollution or wildfire smoke, maintain adequate ventilation for occupant comfort and well-being, control indoor sources and environmental factors, and operate air cleaning devices to improve IAQ. This session will showcase indoor air sensor deployments for these applications as stand-alone or embedded in smart building systems across several settings (residential, educational, occupational, etc.).

Current Presenters:
  • Jeff Wagner, Research Scientist, Environmental Health Laboratory, California Department of Public Health
  • Andy Grieshop, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University

Innovative Sensor Technologies

Lead Session Chairs:

Melissa Lunden, Aclima & Andrea Clements, US EPA

The session will focus on innovative sensor technologies whether in development or just coming to market and may discuss sensor design, performance evaluations, and/or novel applications. This session will highlight sensors designed to measure hard to detect pollutants (speciated volatile organic compounds (VOCs), hazardous air pollutants (HAPS), biological analytes, etc) and novel sensor designs (micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) based sensors, sensor arrays, wearable sensors that monitor the body's response to air pollution). Sensors designed or used for novel applications that might not solely focus on air pollutants, e.g. emergency response, would be welcome.

Merging sensor data with other air pollution data sources: methods and benefits

Lead Session Chairs:

R. Subramanian, OSU-Efluve/CNRS, & Ethan McMahon, US EPA

Air pollution data can be generated using ground-based reference monitors and low-cost sensors, satellite retrievals, and air quality models (chemical transport models, reduced complexity models, land-use regression models, etc.) Each of these has advantages and drawbacks, but the combination of different data streams can overcome individual challenges and provide unique insights into urban air pollution across the globe. We invite presentations on existing and new methods of merging these data streams and case studies that illustrate the benefits of such combined approaches.

Performance targets for air quality sensors

Lead Session Chairs:

Marine Van Poppel, VITO, Flemish Institute for Technological Research NV, & Rachelle Duvall, US EPA

Currently, there is not a uniform certification or standard that sets performance targets for air quality sensors. Moreover, performance needs will depend on the application of a sensor and evaluation approaches may vary for different applications. This session will highlight efforts to develop, compare and/or apply performance targets, performance parameters, and testing protocols or programs to understand sensor performance. It will also address scientific insights on performance parameters and how to deal with sensor performance over time. New insights in performance targets for air quality sensors are welcome!

Current Presenters:
  • Geoff Henshaw, Founder, Aeroqual Ltd
  • Vasileios Papapostolou, Program Supervisor, AQSpec, South Coast Air Quality Management District
  • Jordy Vercauteren, Research Scientist, Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij – Flemish Environment Agency

The Potential of Air Sensors for Personalizing and Advancing Human Health Research

Lead Session Chairs:

Susan Stone, US EPA & Rima Habre, University of Southern California

This session will showcase human exposure and health studies that have used or integrated air sensors to assess personal or population level exposure to air pollutants and investigate their associations with a range of health outcomes. Given advances in wearables and sensing technologies, air sensors are providing increasingly fast, personalized, and spatiotemporally resolved exposure data to inform health risk assessments and just in time interventions.

Sensor Networks: From nuts and bolts to real-world impacts

Lead Session Chairs:

Karoline Barkjohn, US EPA, Josh Apte, UC Berkeley, Jessa Ellenburg, 2B Technologies

Large sensor networks can offer powerful new insights about air quality for environmental justice, air quality management, atmospheric science, and community engagement. This session aims to cover the intersection between operational considerations (how to collect and calibrate robust, high quality and reliable data) and real-world impacts (what powerful things can you accomplish with networks of sensors).

Current Presenters:
  • Karen Mo, Retired Engineer, Community Air Quality Monitoring, University of Maryland

Standard, Supplemental and Informational Monitoring

Lead Session Chairs:

Colin Barrette, US EPA, Michael Ogletree, City & County of Denver, Dept. of Public Health & Environment, Vasileios Papapostolou, South Coast AQMD

As regions move to more hybrid air monitoring networks which mix sensors, reference monitors, and other instrumentation, a better understanding of how to manage such complex networks is a high priority for many agencies. This session will cover topics pertaining to data quality, disparate data aggregation and harmonization, and methods/projects which showcase different approaches to the management of hybrid air quality networks.

Current Presenters:
  • Chisato Calvert, Director, OpenAQ
  • Michael Ogletree, Air Quality Program Manager, City & County of Denver
  • Geoff Henshaw, Founder, Aeroqual Ltd.

Swimming in Data: The Current and future state of data management platforms

Lead Session Chairs:

Tim Dye, TD Environmental & Ethan McMahon, US EPA

The volume and variety of air quality data is increasing exponentially. Communities, agencies and researchers need ways to manage this data so they can use it to make decisions. A data management platform ingests, stores, curates, processes, and distributes data for use in applications and helps ensure that data are timely, reliable, accurate, and of high quality. This session will focus on: Useful, open community system and tools Lessons learned from past efforts Best practices for data management Current gaps and barriers with existing platforms Future needs for data management platforms

Current Presenters:
  • Vasileios Papapostolou, Program Supervisor, AQSpec, South Coast Air Quality Management District

Youth-Focused Education and Youth-Lead Initiatives

Lead Session Chairs:

Ajith Kaduwela, CARB, Jessa Ellenburg, 2B Technologies, Aubrey Burgess, City and County of Denver, Colorado

As our future air monitoring professionals, leaders, and policy makers, youth represent some of the most important users of air sensors. This session will focus on youth-lead initiatives and efforts to educate and include youth in air monitoring.

Current Presenters:
  • Mansel Nelson, Program Manager, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
  • Robert Field, Associate Research Professor, University of Wyoming

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