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Air Sensor Toolbox

Videos on Air Sensor Measurements, Data Quality, and Interpretation

EPA has developed an air sensors educational video series, both in English and Spanish. The videos can be used to learn how the Agency collects and uses air quality data, how air quality health risks are communicated and how to interpret data collected using air sensors.

Many people are looking for credible air quality information to help reduce the risk from air pollution and to protect public health in their communities.  Air sensors are usually lower in cost, portable, and generally easier to operate than the regulatory-grade air pollution monitors used in the United States to understand air quality conditions. 

With increased availability of air sensors, thousands are now in use by individuals, community groups, health organizations and others. The popularity of these devices, however, has resulted in many questions about how to use and communicate the sensor data that is collected during monitoring.  The videos offer information to address common questions about these devices.

Air Sensor Video Series: 

Air Sensor Public Service Announcement – PSA (English)Exit

Air Sensor Public Service Announcement – PSA (Spanish)Exit

Air Sensors: Regulatory Data and Sensor Data Quality 

This video introduces the kinds of outdoor air quality data that are collected by EPA, states and tribes and how the data compares to individual air sensor data. 

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Air Sensors: Measurements and Your Health

This video introduces the Air Quality Index (AQI) used by EPA to communicate air quality and health risks and describes how the Agency develops the National Ambient Air Quality Standards to protect public health. The AQI is based on these standards. 

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Air Sensors: Sources of Air Quality Information 

This video describes the advantages and limitations of different types of air quality measurement and information technology that include air sensors, satellites or computer modeling and how to interpret the data from air sensors.

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