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BC CLEAR Projects 2008-2009 (funding start dates) > Development of a Nanoparticulate Matter Monitor

Development of a Nanoparticulate Matter Monitor

posted on 6:51 PM, July 6, 2016

Project Leader: Winnie Chu

Airborne particulate matter and ground-level ozone are the two main components of smog. Most environmental agencies (including the BC Ministry of the Environment) routinely monitor these two air pollution indicators to assess overall ambient air quality. Exposure to airborne particles increases human mortality and morbidity from respiratory and cardiopulmonary diseases. While particles as small as 2.5 µm are now monitored in many BC locations, currently no system is in place to quantify much smaller particulates. It is evident that nanoparticles exhibit higher toxicity than micron size particles of identical substances. The proposed nanosensor is designed to fill the current gap in existing air monitoring and management systems.

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The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

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