posted on 7:23 PM, July 6, 2016
Project leader: Michael Brauer
Researchers will assess the feasibility for deployment of wireless sensory arrays to complement the existing regional air quality monitoring network. These wireless sensors are comparatively inexpensive devices that transmit air quality measurements in real-time to servers with immediate data processing and online visualization. Through collaboration with two research groups currently evaluating sensors, researchers will identify specific sensor instrumentation to deploy for local testing. Further, researchers will take advantage of a new initiative from Environment Canada (the National Air Pollution Surveillance Program), which is working with Metro Vancouver to establish a pilot near-road monitoring site with enhanced real-time instrumentation along with a similar urban background site. Specifically, the research project will: 1) co-locate wireless sensor units at these new monitoring sites to initially test sensor communication and data integration; and 2) conduct an evaluation of agreement with traditional monitors for NO2, PM and Ozone.