Next Generation of Air Monitoring: Apps and Sensors for Air Pollution (ASAP)

On March 26, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosted a small workshop to examine the future of air pollution monitoring. The Apps and Sensors for Air Pollution (ASAP) Monitoring Workshop was held in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The workshop’s goal was to identify ways to stimulate development of inexpensive, highly portable sensors for use by citizens, community groups, schools, researchers, and government agencies in a variety of applications, including science education, research, air pollution exposure, and environmental justice.

The workshop envisioned a future in which powerful low-cost air quality sensors allow us to: 
  • Track the most common and hazardous air pollutants in every area,
  • Customize detailed real-time information to meet local needs,
  • Create learning tools and graphics that make data easy to understand, 
  • Connect health care to the whole environment, and
  • Give the most vulnerable communities accessible tools for change. 
The ASAP workshop brought together engineers, roboticists, DIYers, exposure scientists, designers, social scientists, and many others involved in the research, development, and application of environmental sensors. It provided a forum to learn about early adopters’ successes and challenges and facilitated information sharing among members of this highly diverse group.

Download a copy of the agenda from this meeting here.

NGAM2: Understanding Regional Needs and Exploring Solutions

Rapid advancements in fenceline measurement systems and low-cost sensors will bring industry, communities, and governments together in new ways, creating both opportunities and challenges. Because EPA regions are at the frontline of data needs, the regions collaborated closely with OAQPS and ORD to confront this data revolution and define a new commonality in a data-rich world.

The goals of this workshop were to explore the future role of EPA regions in NGAM by:

1.  Building a common understanding of
    • Current and emerging technologies and applications;
    • Industry, community, and government data sources;
    • New opportunities and challenges created by NGAM;
    • Feedback on regulatory and compliance paradigms;
    • Benefits of strategic co-investment in NGAM; and
    • Communication / outreach - information quality / infrastructure
2.  Exploring new paradigms for air monitoring
3.  Developing initial thoughts on the potential roles of government, business, and communities in these paradigms

Download a copy of the agenda from this meeting here.