Summary of Talk:
Technological advances have led to the development of faster, cheaper, low power, high resolution air quality monitors which are easy to use in a variety of environments. Such instrumentation when combined with modern telemetry has the potential to result in an explosion in fixed and mobile data acquisition. Using examples from a high density ozone monitoring network implemented in the Lower Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada I will argue that used appropriately low-cost dense monitoring networks have the potential to make a significant difference to our understanding of air quality issues. However, to fully realise the benefits of such technology, new data quality control and analysis techniques need to be developed to manage uncertainty in instrument performance and calibration.
Dr. Salmond is an urban meteorologist in the School of Environment at Auckland University and specialize in urban air pollution. Her current research interests include pollutant exposure and uptake, the benefits and challenges of dense air quality monitoring networks, the linkages between boundary layer meteorology and air pollution, the history and philosophy of applied climatology, and urban climate risk.