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The measurement of carbon dioxide levels in a city canyon
Author(s): Jenny Boyd; Daniel Budinov; Iain Robinson; James Jack
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Paper Abstract

Cities today have two major environmental concerns – carbon emissions and air quality. Global carbon levels are increasing and cities require to show plans to tackle and reduce the amount of carbon which they are emitting. At present carbon emissions in urban areas are calculated rather than measured. In some cities where industrial activity is not carbon intensive, the major contributors are the burning of fuel for heating and the emissions from vehicles. Air quality levels have a direct impact on human health and cities are under increased pressure to demonstrate plans to control and reduce levels of air pollution. Of great importance is the way in which emissions, both carbon rich emissions and pollutants, disperse in a city environment. Little work has been reported on the movement of CO2 in the urban environment and the effect the structure of the environment exerts on the movement and dispersion. This paper describes an investigation into the dispersion of CO2 within an urban environment in the Old Town of the City of Edinburgh, using a hand carried low cost portable CO2 sensor.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 October 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 10008, Remote Sensing Technologies and Applications in Urban Environments, 100080A (26 October 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2241780
Show Author Affiliations
Jenny Boyd, The Univ. of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Daniel Budinov, The Univ. of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Iain Robinson, The Univ. of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
Rutherford Appleton Labs. (United Kingdom)
James Jack, The Univ. of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10008:
Remote Sensing Technologies and Applications in Urban Environments
Thilo Erbertseder; Thomas Esch; Nektarios Chrysoulakis, Editor(s)

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