Air Sensor Resources for Citizen Scientists

Interested in using low-cost air quality sensors? Visit EPA’s Air Sensor Toolbox. From the Air Sensor Guidebook to assist those interested in potentially using lower-cost sensor technologies for air quality measurements to new tools for evaluating sensor performance and data, the Toolbox contains a wealth of information to help you get started on your air sensor project.

EPA has specific guidelines it must use to determine which air monitors may be used for regulatory purposes. While most lower cost sensors currently do not meet these rigorous requirements, there are other potential uses for air quality sensors including education, community awareness and research.

Check out the Air Sensor Guidebook to learn more about potential uses for sensors, what to look for in a sensor, and how to use air sensors to collect data.

Village Green Bench

Two new tools on the site --the Instruction Guide and Macro Analysis Tool for Community-led Air Monitoring – can help you evaluate the performance of low-cost sensor and the data they collect.

Interested in building a Village Green bench to demonstrate the capabilities of new real-time monitoring technology for residents and citizen scientists to learn about local air quality? See the manual on Village Green Design, Operations and Maintenance and watch the training video on operating and maintaining the station at

If your interest is more technical, consider attending the Deliberating Performance Targets for Air Quality Sensors workshop by webinar June 25 and 26, 2018. This workshop will elicit individual stakeholder views related to non-regulatory performance targets for sensors that measure fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ozone in the United States. Learn more at

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