Low-cost Sensors and Environmental Health: How IoT is Changing Exposure Assessment Methods

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

Kirsten Koehler, a distinguished associate professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, is set to deliver a talk titled “Low-cost sensors for environmental health applications” on Monday, April 1st at 4 p.m. The presentation will take place in 112 Walker Building on the University Park campus and will also be available via Zoom. During her talk, Koehler will explore the increasing use of sensors in our daily lives due to the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution. She will focus on the application of sensor data in environmental health, covering areas such as emissions of pollutants, exposure to health effects, and monitoring approaches for air pollution exposures.

Koehler’s research primarily concentrates on enhancing exposure assessment methods to inform public and occupational health policy. Her aim is to improve spatiotemporal exposure assessment for air pollutants and climate-related exposures, with a particular focus on how air pollution affects individuals with pre-existing diseases such as asthma or COPD. Additionally, she is passionate about using lower-cost sensor technologies to better understand the variability in exposures within urban areas.

The EarthTalks spring 2024 series by Koehler is part of an exciting exploration into the complexities of urban systems and the interactions between human and natural systems within cities and their surrounding rural environment. The series delves into various topics related to urban science, including transportation systems, energy production and consumption, water management, waste disposal, and social justice issues. For more information on the spring 2024 EarthTalks series and upcoming presentations, visit their website for additional details.

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