Region 2: Evaluating Air Pollution Sensors for Hot Spot Monitoring by Citizen Scientists
Compact, mixed-use development patterns with commercial, residential, and civic buildings are common throughout New Jersey. These types of neighborhoods may pose localized air quality risks for pedestrians from automobile pollution, yet little research has explored the impacts of automobile traffic on air quality for pedestrians.
This goal of this project is to conduct a scientifically sound evaluation of a low-cost air sensor network for citizen science screening and monitoring at a neighborhood scale. Pollutants to be monitored include nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, total oxidants, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter. The project will provide a real-world test of the Citizen Science Quality Assurance Project Plan Template for Hot Spot Identification, developed by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. Lessons learned about low-cost sensor networks will be used in the Region 2 Citizen Science Equipment Loan Program. Project results will be shared with state, local, and community organizations interested in the design and conduct of community monitoring projects.
Partners: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection