DSAWSP board member Dr. Dorothy Robinson has developed calibration equations for PurpleAir monitors that “provide accurate estimates of wood smoke PM2.5 pollution that are almost identical to those from the NSW government equipment.”

In a peer-reviewed research article published in the journal Atmosphere, Dr. Robinson concluded:

For most locations, calibrated PA PM2.5 are more accurate than those from a central monitor a few hundred meters away because spatial variation in wood smoke pollution is substantial and depends on local sources such as nearby wood heaters. More accurate exposure estimates allow improved estimates of both exposure–response relationships and health costs.

Read the full text of the research article: Accurate, Low Cost PM2.5 Measurements Demonstrate the Large Spatial Variation in Wood Smoke Pollution in Regional Australia and Improve Modeling and Estimates of Health Costs.

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