Presentation Title

Spatial analysis of particulate matter (PM 2.5) air pollutants from in-situ portable air sensors in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Faculty Mentor

Adriane Jones

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

Location

107

Session

poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

biological_agricultural_sciences

Abstract

India is facing multiple challenges related to access to clean water and air as the interactions between health and climate change escalate. Air quality in India has consistently failed to meet National Air Quality Standards regulated by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). High levels of air pollutants like nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, and other ambient particulate matter can affect the health of India’s large population when they exceed 70ppm. Some of the main contributors to ambient pollution include auto-produced gas emissions. India has several stationary particulate matter air sensors that report data in real-time, however, these are mostly located in urban areas. This study conducted from May 11 to 16, 2019 used the AirCasting Airbeam 2 portable air sensor to measure fine particulate matter in the 2.5 micrometer size class in urban and rural areas of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. A government implemented stationary sensor located in Ashok Nagar, Udaipur reported PM 2.5 values averaging from 27 to 62 ug/m3. (data obtained from http://berkeleyearth.lbl.gov). In contrast in the rural villages, our sensors reported much lower values ranging averages from 8 to 12 ug/ m3. We present a spatial analysis and map of PM 2.5 pollution in three rural villages located outside Udaipur. These communities face many environmental hardships however, our data suggest that ambient air quality may be less of an issue compared to urban communities.

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Spatial analysis of particulate matter (PM 2.5) air pollutants from in-situ portable air sensors in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

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India is facing multiple challenges related to access to clean water and air as the interactions between health and climate change escalate. Air quality in India has consistently failed to meet National Air Quality Standards regulated by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). High levels of air pollutants like nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, and other ambient particulate matter can affect the health of India’s large population when they exceed 70ppm. Some of the main contributors to ambient pollution include auto-produced gas emissions. India has several stationary particulate matter air sensors that report data in real-time, however, these are mostly located in urban areas. This study conducted from May 11 to 16, 2019 used the AirCasting Airbeam 2 portable air sensor to measure fine particulate matter in the 2.5 micrometer size class in urban and rural areas of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. A government implemented stationary sensor located in Ashok Nagar, Udaipur reported PM 2.5 values averaging from 27 to 62 ug/m3. (data obtained from http://berkeleyearth.lbl.gov). In contrast in the rural villages, our sensors reported much lower values ranging averages from 8 to 12 ug/ m3. We present a spatial analysis and map of PM 2.5 pollution in three rural villages located outside Udaipur. These communities face many environmental hardships however, our data suggest that ambient air quality may be less of an issue compared to urban communities.