EarthTalks: Utilizing Sensor Data for Assessing Environmental Health Exposure – April 1

Revolutionizing Environmental Health Monitoring: Kirsten Koehler’s Low-Cost Sensor Talk on April 1st

Kirsten Koehler, an associate professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, will be presenting a talk titled “Low-cost sensors for environmental health applications” on Monday, April 1st, at 4 p.m., in 112 Walker Building on the University Park campus. The talk will also be available via Zoom. In her presentation, Koehler will discuss the increasing use of sensors in our everyday lives due to the internet of things. She will explore the use of sensor data in environmental health applications, covering areas such as emission of pollutants, exposure to health effects, and monitoring approaches for air pollution exposures.

Koehler’s research mainly focuses on improving exposure assessment methods to inform occupational and public health policy. She aims to enhance spatiotemporal exposure assessment for air pollutants and climate-related exposures, with a particular focus on how air pollution impacts individuals with existing diseases such as asthma or COPD. Additionally, she is interested in utilizing lower-cost sensor technologies to better understand the variability in exposures within urban areas.

The talk by Kirsten Koehler is part of the EarthTalks spring 2024 series on “Urban Systems Science,” which delves into the complexities of urban systems and the interactions between human and natural systems within cities and their surrounding rural environment. For more information on the spring 2024 EarthTalks series, you can visit their website for additional details on upcoming presentations and topics.

In her talk, Koehler will discuss how low-cost sensors are becoming increasingly popular due to their ability to provide real-time data at a lower cost than traditional sensors. She will explore how these sensors are being used in various environmental health applications such as monitoring air quality and water quality.

Koehler’s research has shown that low-cost sensors can be just as effective as traditional sensors when it comes to measuring exposure levels to environmental hazards. She has also demonstrated that these sensors can be used in conjunction with other technologies such as drones and mobile apps to provide a more comprehensive picture of exposure levels within urban areas.

Overall, Koehler’s talk highlights the potential for low-cost sensors to revolutionize environmental health monitoring and policy decision-making. With more accurate and affordable data at their disposal, policymakers can make informed decisions about how best to protect public health in rapidly urbanizing areas around the world.

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