Presentation Title

Quantifying Levels of Particulate Matter in Urban and Rural Areas of Peru using low cost Air Sensors

Faculty Mentor

Adriane Jones

Start Date

17-11-2018 8:30 AM

End Date

17-11-2018 10:30 AM

Location

CREVELING 70

Session

POSTER 1

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

biological_agricultural_sciences

Abstract

Air pollution in urban cities is a public health concern for the community. Poor air quality due to elevated levels of particular matter can cause asthma and other respiratory diseases. Qualitative differences in air quality become apparent when moving from urban, populated regions, to rural and less populated ones. Portable air quality sensors that log data using smartphones are low cost citizen science tools that collect quantitative data and empower individuals and their communities. From July 31, 2018 to August 8, 2018, we travelled to contrasting urban and rural regions in Peru including Lima, Cusco, Quillabamba, and Santa Maria, and used the AirCasting Airbeam 2 portable air sensor to measure fine particulate matter in the 10, 2.5 and 1 micrometer size class. We compared these levels to published rates of pollution and asked the questions 1) Can low cost portable air sensors be used to measure patterns of change in particulate matter over short timescales and 2) How do these sensors compare to fixed air quality sensors installed by health organizations? In addition we compared published rates of air pollution with data on lung-related diseases in Peru. Low cost portable air sensors, though not particularly precise, produce accurate patterns of and trends of air pollution. The possibility of implementing these sensors in underdeveloped and underexplored locations can provide data that can indicate problem areas with high particulate matter, and eventually work to reduce these levels to a healthy range.

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Quantifying Levels of Particulate Matter in Urban and Rural Areas of Peru using low cost Air Sensors

CREVELING 70

Air pollution in urban cities is a public health concern for the community. Poor air quality due to elevated levels of particular matter can cause asthma and other respiratory diseases. Qualitative differences in air quality become apparent when moving from urban, populated regions, to rural and less populated ones. Portable air quality sensors that log data using smartphones are low cost citizen science tools that collect quantitative data and empower individuals and their communities. From July 31, 2018 to August 8, 2018, we travelled to contrasting urban and rural regions in Peru including Lima, Cusco, Quillabamba, and Santa Maria, and used the AirCasting Airbeam 2 portable air sensor to measure fine particulate matter in the 10, 2.5 and 1 micrometer size class. We compared these levels to published rates of pollution and asked the questions 1) Can low cost portable air sensors be used to measure patterns of change in particulate matter over short timescales and 2) How do these sensors compare to fixed air quality sensors installed by health organizations? In addition we compared published rates of air pollution with data on lung-related diseases in Peru. Low cost portable air sensors, though not particularly precise, produce accurate patterns of and trends of air pollution. The possibility of implementing these sensors in underdeveloped and underexplored locations can provide data that can indicate problem areas with high particulate matter, and eventually work to reduce these levels to a healthy range.