Runners air pollution exposure assessment using Low-cost Wearable (LCS) Sensors

This study aims at assessing runner’s TRAP exposure to PM2.5, PM10, and NO2 along alternative travel routes in the City of College Station, where Texas A&M University is located. The study attempts to bridge a gap in the literature by employing emerging low-cost sensor technology to implement a community-based air quality monitoring approach and study the relationship between exposure levels to air pollution, and influence of key parameters (traffic, meteorology, and route taken etc.) In recent years, emerging wearable low-cost sensors have offered the possibility to cover larger samples and provide time-specific contribution based on crowd-sourced data and this has the potential to revolutionize the way air pollution data has been collected and reported. The goal of this study is to use micro/low-cost sensors to implement a community-based air quality monitoring approach to enhance traditional air quality monitoring. Real-time air quality maps that will be developed will help to better understand actual exposure experienced by runners and use the findings for outreach and communication. The results will provide air pollution data for many end users who are interested in knowing the air quality trends before undertaking any outdoor physical activity, so they can time their activities to avoid periods of high pollutant levels, and steering clear of high-polluted areas. By using low-cost measurement tools, emphasizing training and education, and utilizing an interactive website, study aims to provide the highest air quality data for policy making, outreach and research applications.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $50000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Center for Advanced Researchh in Transportation Emissionss, Energy and Health

    Texas A&M Transportation Instiitute
    College Station, Texas  United States  77843
  • Project Managers:

    Vallamsundar, Suriya

    Johnson, Jeremy

    Ettelman, Benjamin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas A&M Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Principal Investigators:

    Vallamsundar, Suriya

  • Start Date: 20210101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230131
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers
  • Source Data: 05-36-TTI

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01762531
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advancing Research in Transportation Emissions, Energy, and Health
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747128
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 22 2021 5:44PM