Field calibration of a cluster of low-cost commercially available sensors for air quality monitoring Part. B: NO, CO and CO2

L Spinelle, M Gerboles, M G Villani, M Aleixandre, F Bonavitacola
Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, vol. 238, 2017, pp. 706-715

In this work the performances of several field calibration methods for low-cost sensors, including linear/multi linear regression and supervised learning techniques, are compared. A cluster of either metal oxide or electrochemical sensors for nitrogen monoxide and carbon monoxide together with miniaturized infra-red carbon dioxide sensors was operated. Calibration was carried out during the two first weeks of evaluation against reference measurements. The accuracy of each regression method was evaluated on a five months field experiment at a semi-rural site using different indicators and techniques: orthogonal regression, target diagram, measurement uncertainty and drifts over time of sensor predictions. In addition to the analyses for ozone and nitrogen oxide already published in Part A [1], this work assessed if carbon monoxide sensors can reach the Data Quality Objective (DQOs) of 25% of uncertainty set in the European Air Quality Directive for indicative methods. As for ozone and nitrogen oxide, it was found for NO, CO and CO2 that the best agreement between sensors and reference measurements was observed for supervised learning techniques compared to linear and multilinear regression.


The authors wish to acknowledge the collaboration of our JRC colleagues C. Grüning and G. Manca for the CO2 measurements and F. Lagler, N. R. Jensen and A. Dell’Acqua for carrying out air pollution measurements. This study was carried out within the EMRP Joint Research Project ENV01 MACPoll. The EMRP is jointly funded by the EMRP participating countries within EURAMET and the European Union.