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Volume 11, issue 6
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 3569–3594, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-3569-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 3569–3594, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-3569-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 20 Jun 2018

Research article | 20 Jun 2018

Assessing a low-cost methane sensor quantification system for use in complex rural and urban environments

Ashley Collier-Oxandale et al.
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Low-cost air quality sensors and air quality sensor systems have the potential to open up new ways of measuring pollutants. In this paper, we explored ways to use low-cost sensors (approximately USD 10 per sensor) to estimate methane – a pollutant important for its contributions to climate change. We found that while these sensors will likely never replace traditional air quality monitoring methods, they can provide useful supplementary information on local pollution sources and regional trends.
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