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Project ID: 16-2-01-3

Year: 2016

Date Started: 08/01/2016

Date Completed: 06/27/2017

Title: A low-cost sensor network for wildfire smoke detection and monitoring

Project Proposal Abstract: Emissions from prescribed burns and wild fires have important impacts on air quality. The quantification and tracking of emissions from wildfires and prescribed burns has proven to be a difficult task, due to the high cost of comprehensive monitoring. Sensors being developed for personal air pollution exposure assessment could provide a low-cost tool to develop a fire emissions monitoring network. This proposal outlines the development of a stationary PM2.5 sensor based on an existing low-cost personal sampler. The proposed work involves optimizing the sensor design for fire emissions sampling and demonstrating the utility of a low-cost PM2.5 sensor network in the field.

Principal Investigator: John A. Volckens

Agency/Organization: Colorado State University

Branch or Dept: Department of Mechanical Engineering

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Jennifer E. Strange

Colorado State University

Sponsored Programs

Budget Contact

Linda D. Loing

Colorado State University

Sponsored Programs

Student Investigator

Scott M. Kelleher

Colorado State University

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network

Great Plains

Southern Rockies









Project Deliverables

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