low-cost monitors; particulate matter; participatory research
Why is this useful?
Authors provide example of how the community air monitoring network of PM2.5 & PM10 sensors identified a larger number of pollution episodes and identified under-reporting by the federal regulatory monitors. The participatory approach of the project resulted in increased engagement from local and state agencies and increased local knowledge about air quality, data interpretation, and health impacts. Community air monitoring networks have the potential to provide real-time reliable data to local populations