Currently this is a regional citizen science project to monitor air quality in partnership with Downwinders at Risk who will provide the equipment. Trained citizen monitors assist professionals by collecting air quality data at specific sites around the DFW region.
Volunteers complete a training program to become certified monitors. The training consists of a 2.5 hours of classroom and outdoor hands-on instruction in which the volunteers learn about particulate matter types and sources as well as learning how to correctly collect field data and observations. New monitors can select a monitoring site from a current campaigns list or can be assigned one.
Once certified, volunteers test their monitoring site once a month and submit their field observation data online securely on the Downwinders Citizen Science website. Volunteers are encouraged to monitor with a partner or as part of a group. Monitors will be checked out and checked back in by appointment. The data will be publicly available on the Downwinders Citizen Science website for any and all community members to see and use.
Downwinders At Risk has purchased 5 Aeroqual handheld air quality monitors, 4 with particulate matter sensors and 1 with an S02 sensor. Aeroqual is the current company adopted by the EPA, and the monitors are calibrated to the EPA monitors through machine learning.