LAKE WALES, Fla—$4.5 million in grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) aim to engage local communities in the quest for ever lower levels of air pollution. By crowdsourcing its efforts the Advanced Air Monitoring Technology grants, funded by the EPA's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, will develop, test and deploy new portable, low-cost, easy-to-use technologies for measuring air pollution.
"These grants offer a joint learning experience as air quality experts and communities are learning from each other," James Johnson, Director of the National Center for Environmental Research in EPA’s Office of Research and Development told EE Times. "Communities will explain what they want from the sensors, how they will use the tools, and how well the tools are working, while experienced researchers will explain the considerations and limitations of the tools, and how to use and interpret the data."
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