March 31, 2022: IRES Faculty Seminar with Naomi Zimmerman

IRES Seminar Series

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm (Pacific Standard Time)

Location: AERL Theatre, Room 120 (2202 Main Mall)

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Understanding air quality with lower-cost sensors: technical and community considerations for impactful research


Increasingly, lower-cost air pollution sensors are being used by academics, government agencies and community organizations to understand local patterns of air quality and the impacts of sources such as traffic and wildfires. Given that this research typically happens in community settings (e.g., campus or community as a ‘living lab’), there are a number of important technical and community considerations that must be addressed. These considerations can range from sensor siting, to stakeholder relationship building, to data reporting and more. In this talk, I will go over some recent lower-cost sensor research studies in Metro Vancouver and explore the air quality science outcomes, as well as provide insights into how these kinds of studies are designed and executed for maximum impact.

Naomi Zimmerman

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia

Canada Research Chair in Sustainability


Dr. Naomi Zimmerman is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering at UBC and Canada Research Chair in Sustainability. Prior to UBC she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies at Carnegie Mellon University and also holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the measurement of air pollutants in complex environments to better understand the health and climate impacts of new technologies and policies, with a focus on the transportation and energy sectors. Dr. Zimmerman is also a lead investigator of the Rapid Air Improvement Network (RAIN).



This seminar is co-sponsored by UBC Clean Energy Research Centre and UBC IRES.