Articles | Volume 11, issue 2
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 1087–1097, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-1087-2018
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 1087–1097, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-1087-2018

Research article 23 Feb 2018

Research article | 23 Feb 2018

A low-cost particulate matter (PM2.5) monitor for wildland fire smoke

Scott Kelleher et al.

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Wildland fires, whether natural or prescribed, are increasing in frequency and magnitude worldwide. Smoke from these fires poses a threat to public and environmental health. This paper describes the development and evaluation of a low-cost monitor for wildland fire smoke. The monitor was designed to be compact, capable of real-time and time-integrated PM2.5 measures, and powered by a combination of solar and battery power. Initial field testing of this device gave encouraging results.