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!
Please help build out this resource by asking questions here:
|What are some ways to collect dust or particulate samples for analysis?||@warren||over 5 years ago||1||4|
|What is the scenario under which you would use an optical vs. a passive monitor to measure dust?||@kgradow1||over 5 years ago||0||1|
|How does the EPA measure things, especially the size of dust particles?||@kgradow1||over 5 years ago||2||3|
|How big are silica particles, in microns?||@warren||over 5 years ago||1||2|
|How big are smoke particles, in microns?||@warren||over 5 years ago||1||4|
|Are there any methods to distinguish where particulate matter in the air comes from?||@stevie||almost 6 years ago||0||4|
|Can PM4 be monitored with the MiniVol?||@mathew||about 6 years ago||0||1|
|Can a passive dust monitoring housing be made from a cheaper/easier material?||@warren||over 6 years ago||1||2|
|What kind/size of microdust does activated carbon give off & how much of a concern is it?||@jfrankamp||over 6 years ago||2||2|
|Experiment with polarizing filters to view crystalline dust||-||-||@warren||-||-||0 replications: Try it »|
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