Using Mobile Monitoring to Evaluate PM2.5 from Wood Smoke

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Using Mobile Monitoring to Evaluate PM<sub>2.5</sub> from Wood Smoke
Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD)
According to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, “wood smoke [is] responsible for an average of one-third of the PM in the [Bay Area’s] air basin during the winter months and almost 70% of the PM in Santa Rosa.” Given the importance of wood smoke contributions to PM, Sonoma Technology conducted a 12-week wintertime study in Santa Rosa to
<li>Evaluate the spatial and temporal variability of PM<sub>2.5</sub> during the winter in Santa Rosa</li>
<li>Investigate the representativeness of a single monitor of PM<sub>2.5</sub> in Santa Rosa, a city with complex terrain and meteorology</li>
<li>Demonstrate the usefulness of modest-cost mobile monitoring to address scientific questions about the spatial distribution of PM<sub>2.5</sub></li>
We installed four federal equivalent method Beta Attenuation Monitors (BAMs) in selected neighborhoods and collected air quality data in and around these neighborhoods using a mobile monitor. The results of this work demonstrated
<li>The usefulness of mobile monitoring to evaluate the spatial scale of wintertime PM<sub>2.5</sub></li>
<li>The large spatial and temporal variability of PM<sub>2.5</sub> concentrations within neighborhoods (these variations were not detected by the hourly BAM measurements)</li>
<li>High concentrations coincident with the smell of smoke indicate a likely association with local wood burning</li>
Air Quality

Clinton P. MacDonald

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Clinton P. MacDonald
President / Chief Scientist