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JA&WMA: Use of low-cost air sensors to augment regulatory networks

Use of low-cost air sensors to augment regulatory networks Written by:

Ajith Kaduwela, Air Quality Research Center, University of California, Davis & Anthony Wexler, Air Quality Research Center, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California, Davis

Published:

March 11, 2021

Air Pollution Specialist

Air Pollution Specialist California Air Resources Board

Job opportunity:  The Regional Air Quality Modeling Section at California Air Resources Board (CARB) is seeking a highly motivated candidate to fill a position of Air Pollution Specialist. The successful candidate will join a dynamic team to provide air quality modeling support for the development of State Implementation Plans, as well as other regulatory and scientific activities at CARB.

2021 Virtual Sessions In Development!

We are excited to share that our Technical Program Committee is once again hard at work developing sessions for your tutelage in air quality sensors and their environmental effects. While we are still developing the content and contacting presenters, we are excited to share the topics for this 2021 series: 

What's holding you back?

We want to hear from YOU!

ASIC Virtual Fall Session presentations are now available to review on demand. We will be playing them live during the session on Thursday from 8am - 11am PT with a live Q&A discussion hosted right afterwards. Take a look at the topics and let us know...

Virtual Summer Session 1 Now Available for Pre-Watch

For our many colleagues and partners with meeting conflicts, in different time zones or just unable to break away from family, don't worry - we're working to keep you involved! You can now pre-watch the Session 1 presentations and pose a question to the speakers before Thursday to possibly be answered live!

Our moderators will chose one question for each presenter from the questions asked before 10 AM PT on Wednesday to ask live. Additional questions will be collected for the speakers to offer written answers to after the Virtual Session has concluded.

Building a Community Air Monitoring Network Training Available On Demand!

Tracking California has provided an overview of how to develop a community air monitoring network. They partnered with Comite Civico del Valle to demonstrate the process of establishing a network that provides real-time information on PM levels within their own Imperial County. The presentation highlighted a parallel process to the 14 elements laid out by the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) community air monitoring plan and additional considerations from Tracking California's "Guidebook for Developing a Community Air Monitoring Network."

New EPA Educational Videos on Air Sensors

 New EPA Educational Videos on Air Sensors

The US EPA has released educational videos surrounding air quality sensors and various topics surrounding the EPA's use of air quality sensors. 

The EPA has released three videos on Regulatory Data and Sensor Data Quality, Measurements and Your Health, and Sources of Air Quality Information. These videos include information on how the EPA collects and analyzes this data while explaining how air quality risks are communicated and how to understand air quality data.

POSTPONED: ASIC 2021 Announced

UPDATE: The next Air Sensors International Conference has been postponed to May 11-13, 2022 in Pasadena, California!

We are excited to share that ASIC will be hosted in Pasadena, California again from April 27-30, 2021!  

US EPA K-12 Lesson Plans

US EPA K-12 Lesson Plans

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has assembled a variety of air quality related teaching tools and lesson plans designed for various age groups ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade. 

Have some fun teaching your students about important air quality related topics with hands-on activities, websites, and activity books. 

Air Pollution and SARS Mortality

How Air Pollution May Affect SARS Mortality

Reviewing publicly available data, researchers assessed SARS morbidity and mortality in relation to air pollution through air pollution index (API). Through this data, researchers analyzed the relationship between air quality and SARS mortality rate. 

Ecologic analysis conducted among 5 regions with 100 or more SARS cases showed that case fatality rate increased with the increment of API (case fatality = - 0.063 + 0.001 * API).

How Long-term Exposure to Air Pollution Increases Risk of Dementia

Long-term Exposure to Air Pollution Increases Risk of Dementia

Recently published research in the journal JAMA of Neurology has found that long-term exposure to air pollution results in an increased risk of dementia. 

Following 364 individuals for 11 years, aged 74 and older, living in central Stockholm Sweden, the research suggests that dementia may become a major issue as more of the population moves to highly polluted areas,

ASIC Virtual Series coming to your livingroom!

While COVID-19 has everyone all over the world staying home to shelter in place, quarantine and avoid possibly contracting the virus or spreading the virus, the air quality has been improving with people driving less and some factories shutting down. However, with loosening regulations at the US EPA and around the world due to the stay at home orders, the ASIC Technical Program Committee wants to make sure people can still monitor the air quality in their region armed with the most up to date information and knowledge from our ASIC presenters. 

SCAQMD Public Meeting Consultation

April 8, 2019: SCAQMD Public Consultation Meeting

The South Coast Air Quality Management District is conducting a public consultation meeting regarding the impacts of the Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) Demonstration for the 2015 8-hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

Newly Updated EPA Air Sensor Toolbox

Newly Updated Air Sensor Toolbox

The newly updated Air Sensor Toolbox allows for easier navigation and more information regarding the EPA’s efforts regarding developing air sensors for measuring local air quality. This toolbox publishes the latest information regarding air sensors, specifically performance, operation, and use.

Using this toolbox, you can:

ASIC 2020 Postponed

A Note from the Conference Coordinator:

After very careful consideration amid the COVID-19 outbreak, we have decided to postpone the 2020 Air Sensors International Conference.