EarthTalks on April 1: Utilizing Sensor Data for Environmental Health Exposure Assessment

Kirsten Koehler, an associate professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, will be giving a talk titled “Low-cost sensors for environmental health applications” on Monday, April 1 at 4 p.m. in the 112 Walker Building on the University Park campus. The talk will also be available through Zoom. In her talk, Koehler will discuss how sensor data can be used in environmental health applications and will focus on emissions of pollutants, exposure to health effects, and different monitoring approaches such as ambient, occupational, and personal monitoring. She will also cover interventions to reduce exposures, particularly air pollution exposures.

Koehler’s research aims to improve exposure assessment methods to support occupational and public health policy by enhancing spatiotemporal exposure assessment for air pollutants and climate-related exposures. Her particular interest is in how air pollution affects individuals with pre-existing conditions like asthma or COPD and how lower-cost sensor technologies can better understand exposure variations within urban areas.

The talk is part of the EarthTalks spring 2024 series “Urban Systems Science,” which explores the complexities of urban systems and the interactions between human and natural systems within city boundaries and between cities and rural environments. For more details on the spring 2024 series, visit the EarthTalks website.

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