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DIY Awareness of Ozone in Urban Desert Climates

DIY Awareness of Ozone in Urban Desert Climates

Jennifer Weiler / USA
Arizona State University
Poster

The purpose of this work was to explore a potential low-tech DIY means of members of a community to track and mitigate the impact of pollution in their daily lives. For this project, we chose to focus on the presence of ozone in an industrial area located within a desert climate. We then describe a preliminary test in which volunteer participants from the community place pieces of ozone reactive material (copper) outside their residences in order to determine if the pieces would successfully oxidize over a relatively short period of time. We conclude with a discussion of where this technique may be helpful, as well as possibilities for future concerns and interests.