Special Issue "Low-Cost Sensors for Environmental Research and Public Health"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
Interests: air pollution; energy transition; environmental health; pacific island countries; physical activity; sustainable transport; climate change
Interests: urban and transport planning and health; air pollution; noise; temperature; green space; physical activity
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A Special Issue on “Low-Cost Sensors for Environmental Research and Public Health” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is being organized.
Determinants of environmental quality, such as air pollution, heat, and noise, are a major environmental threat to public health. For example, millions of people around the world have a lower quality of life, or may die earlier than they should, due to traffic-related emissions. Moreover, air pollution, noise and heat can be produced inside the home and outside in the region by the modern necessity for energy, transport and waste management.
Environmental quality is particularly relevant in economically developing countries, which are challenged with less access to clean fuels and technology, or the weaker regulation of environmental laws. Even in economically developed countries, exposure to air pollution, noise or heat may not be equal for all citizens, with some residences or workplaces being closer to emission sources or heat “islands” than others that are also less adequately monitored.
The advent and development of low-cost environmental sensors have brought about a myriad of opportunities for studying and improving public health. Due to their low cost, they are accessible to a wider audience, yet also pose unique challenges in data quality and control. In the right hands, and with due care, they can help to answer questions on air pollution, noise, heat, public health, and environmental justice among under-represented countries or neighborhoods.
For this Special Issue, we are seeking high-quality contributions from all around the world on ground-breaking research and novel applications of low-cost sensors for environmental monitoring and public health. We also welcome reviews, methodological papers, evaluations, best practices, and critical analysis. We invite contributors from areas of academia, practice, policy and education.
- low-cost sensors
- air pollution
- noise; heat
- citizen science
- community engagement
- public health