WCU gets new air quality monitors
New air monitors measuring particulate matter, temperature and relative humidity are now up on the Western Carolina University campus.
WCU’s Sustainable Energy Initiative funded the project, which was led by Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sara Duncan and Graham Seigel, who graduated in May.
The data is reported to the PurpleAir map every minute and is completely open source. The data is available to students, faculty, staff and the larger community for research, student learning and community engagement. Already, students use PurpleAir data for a course-based undergraduate research project in Duncan’s Air Quality course.
Outdoor sensors are located at the Health and Human Sciences Building, the outdoor track and the Jordan-Phillips Field House, and two indoor sensors are inside Courtyard Dining Hall and the Hinds University Center. There is also a sensor outside the Apodaca Science Building.
For more information, visit air.wcu.edu .
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This is Dr. Smith, formerly an instructor at Western Carolina University. I have not been involved with this project and cannot operate any sensors as I no longer work there. Please check your facts with a University representative before reporting false news.
Thank you for your time,
Dr. Damon Smith