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Dust Sampling
question:dust-sampling

Dust sampling can be done with a filter, a sticky pad, or other techniques, and can help in assessing particulate air pollution (#pm or #dust) -- see https://publiclab.org/wiki/pm for more. This is also a helpful prerequisite step for viewing particulate pollution through a microscope, if it's big enough to be seen! https://publiclab.org/wiki/microscopes ## Questions Please help build out this resource by asking questions here: [questions:dust-sampling] **** ## Activities [activities:dust-sampling] > We would **love** to see guides to collecting dust for analysis. If you know of a technique, or an online or print resource for this, please share it as an activity above! ...


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stevie "This post walks through collecting a sample, and some examples. They also reference this resource for collecting dust samples: http://www.funsci.co..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "@DavidMack posted on sticky pads a while back on the #particle-sensing page: Essentially tape, sticky pads have the advantage of capturing a recor..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "Also see this great section by @DavidMack -- https://publiclab.org/wiki/particle-sensing#EPA+Test+Methods " | Read more » almost 5 years ago
stevie "One idea from @dswenson that came from the open call yesterday was to use materials like sticky yellow flytraps like these " | Read more » about 5 years ago
stevie "When we were in WI @gretchengehrke, @mathew, and I were visiting some friends and we took a sample from a window at their house. The house window w..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
AdditiveFutures "stacked acrylic sheets. volumes determined through cutting thin sheets with a laser cutter.. " | Read more » about 5 years ago
stevie "Hi there! This wiki page has a lot of information on it about the differences between passive and optical particulate matter monitors. https://publ..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
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gretchengehrke "For regulatory purposes, the EPA doesn't actually measure the size of individual particles. Rather, they use a pump with an impactor. This pumps in..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
kgradow1 "Potential resource: A Guidebook for Particle Size Analysis (industry) https://www.horiba.com/fileadmin/uploads/Scientific/eMag/PSA/Guidebook/pdf/..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
kgradow1 "Comparative sizes of common particles: http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/particle-sizes-d_934.html " | Read more » over 5 years ago
partsandcrafts "Second hit on the question "How small are respirable particles?" Not specific to smoke, but useful context: http://www.who.int/occupational_health..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "@gretchengehrke mentioned 5 microns for "respirable airborne particles", in her post here: Citing @mathew (Silica dust less than 5 ?m in diameter ..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "@wmacfarl ! " | Read more » over 5 years ago
guolivar "Smoke particles (and by smoke I mean combustion products) come in sizes all the way down to 1nm (0.001micron) and in shapes that make it very trick..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "Geoff from NASA Goddard found a good resource here: https://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_gtr251.pdf Apparently under 1 micron! Very small. " | Read more » over 5 years ago
gretchengehrke "As Mathew and David pointed out, there aren't readily available low-cost techniques for distinguishing among potential sources of particulate matte..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
DavidMack "There are a few methods but like most scientific work it isn't always conclusive. Wind direction. A locally sited meteorological station with win..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
sarasage "I am trying to figure out the same question. So far, I have decided that the most accessible method seems to be using mapping technology to correla..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
mathew "There is no clear way to conclusively prove PM came from a facility, but there are several inferences that can be drawn. Saturation Monitoring ma..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
DavidMack "I would stick with the aluminum. It's probably the most commonly used material for PM monitoring because as you stated non-conducting materials ar..." | Read more » about 6 years ago
warren "I added a question:...... tag -- :-) " | Read more » over 6 years ago
jfrankamp "Somehow this didn't become a "Question" type... if anyone knows how to convert it I'd be thankful :-) " | Read more » over 6 years ago