Air pollutants influence acute respiratory diseases. Personal exposure to particulate matter and trace gases is complex to investigate as the distribution of air pollutants can be heterogeneous. Official monitoring stations are sparse. Deployment of low-cost air quality sensors in a network of citizen scientists achieves physical closeness to the persons providing data about their health.
Dr. Natalie Kille
Dr. Natalie Kille is an atmospheric scientist. She received a BSc in Meteorology at the Goethe University in Frankfurt (Germany) and an MSc and PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder (USA) focusing on atmospheric chemistry. Her research interests are in the quantification of trace gas emissions and monitoring of air quality. After working on instrument development to quantify emissions from sources such as wildfires using remote sensing techniques, she joined the Forschungszentrum Jülich as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She currently works in a team with citizen scientists, atmospheric scientists, and epidemiologists on SMARAGD (Sensors for Measuring Aerosols and ReActive Gases to Deduce health effects), the subject of her Falling Walls Lab presentation.