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AIR MONITORING

Citizen scientists are being recruited to sample ambient air with passive sampling devices.

Passive sampling devices are a simple and robust tool for monitoring bioavaiable organic contaminants in air and water.  Air sampling cages mounted to a utility pole in Eastern Oregon looking toward the Cascade Range.

INFORMATION

Citizen scientists can help collect samples to provide information on new mining practices.

Hydraulic fracturing operation in Eastern Ohio.

RESPONSE

Citizen scientists can mobilize and respond to environmental disasters

A scientist hanging air samplers under a pier on the Gulf Coast of the United States.

RESILIENCE

Resilient communities are able to self-organize, share information about environmental risks, and adapt to changing conditions.

MOBILIZE

Trained citizen scientists can request disaster response kits developed for exposure monitoring by OSU researchers.

A network of trained citizen scientists can mobilize and respond in the event of a disaster.  By utilizing passive sampling devices, air and water can be sampled with simple equipment and standardized deployments to produce high quality information. 

WATER SAMPLING

Citizen scientists are being recruited to deploy water monitoring equipment.

Trained citizen scientists play a crucial role in sample collection.  Passive sampling devices provide an easy and robust means to sample large volumes of water without have to pump, seal and transport water back to the lab.

RESILIENCE

Resilient communities are able to self-organize, share information about environmental risks, and adapt to changing conditions.

ENJOYMENT

Citizen scientists often feel enjoyment while collecting samples where sample data can be used to better understand their local environment.

OSU researchers collecting crayfish in Portland Harbor on the Willamette River, Oregon.

COLLECTION

Trained citizen scientists will play critical role in monitoring environmental exposures in their communities.

OSU researchers train locals in Peru to deploy passive sampling devices to monitor air quality around their homes.