24 Jun '11, 7pm

Advances in Monitoring Equipment Will Help Communities Keep Tabs on Polluters

Just recently I wrote a blog on scientific advances in biomonitoring . The advances in exposure science, however, don’t just involve biomonitoring. Microsensor and nanosensor technologies, the development of new direct-reading instruments, Smartphone-connected technologies, and advances in portability, availability, and simplicity of lab and field instruments, will dramatically democratize the collection of data on emissions and environmental concentrations of pollution. Researchers and NGOs are poised to take advantage of these technological advances. There are numerous examples of the power of monitoring pollution sources. In the U.S., the Bucket Brigades have a history of providing simplified air sample collectors to community groups, which have deployed these collectors at the fence lines of refineries and chemical plants. These kinds of studies will become much easier...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/gsolomon/advances_in_mo...

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