Air quality (AQ) monitoring requires diverse teams with broad skillsets. Successful initiatives seamlessly integrate atmospheric science, instrumentation design, public health/policy, and data engineering to generate accurate, accessible, and actionable datasets. At DSTech, we have the engineering knowledge and scientific expertise to
enable and facilitate your AQ monitoring application at nearly any stage, from design to publication.
AQ study design, analysis, and evaluation
Hardware design, integration, and validation
Real time data analysis and publication solutions
Wireless network integration and management
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Wood heater design: Test methods for innovation
Residential wood heaters emit > 30% of particulate matter (PM) pollution in the US. Manufacturers are developing cleaner heaters to reduce their impact, but standard testing procedures to validate these efforts are costly and complex. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and Brookhaven National Laboratory are developing simplified test methods that better characterize wood heater performance under real operating conditions, and allow manufacturers to rapidly validate and improve their designs. DSTech has supported LBNL's efforts:
Design/fabrication of heater testing facility
Integration of emissions sampling equipment
Development of testing protocols/procedures
Publication of peer-reviewed research
Biomass heater testing facility at LBNL
Web Development: Sharing AQ data with stakeholders
Animated BC concentrations shown on map and time series at various timebases (e.g., hourly or daily average values).
In 2017, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) partnered with UC Berkeley to develop the 100x100 Black Carbon Network. 100 black carbon (BC) sensors were deployed throughout West Oakland, California for 100 days to monitor combustion emissions (e.g., from diesel trucks) in the mixed residential/industrial neighborhood. To share the results of this study with the local community, policy makers and other stakeholders, DSTech developed a web dashboard that displays the data collected during the study in an accessible and comprehensive manner. For example, air pollution trends are illustrated over time using animations of the BC concentration data.