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Makers around the globe are building low-cost devices to monitorthe environment, and with this hands-on guide, so can you. Throughsuccinct tutorials, illustrations, and clear step-by-stepinstructions, youll learn how to create gadgets for examining thequality of our atmosphere, using Arduino and several inexpensivesensors.
Detect harmful gases, dust particles such as smoke and smog, andupper atmospheric haze-substances and conditions that are ofteninvisible to your senses. Youll also discover how to use thescientific method to help you learn even more from your atmospherictests.
Get up to speed on Arduino with a quick electronics primer
Build a tropospheric gas sensor to detect carbon monoxide, LPG,butane, methane, benzene, and many other gases
Create an LED Photometer to measure how much of the suns blue,green, and red light waves are penetrating the atmosphere
Build an LED sensitivity detector-and discover which lightwavelengths each LED in your Photometer is receptive to
Learn how measuring light wavelengths lets you determine theamount of water vapor, ozone, and other substances in theatmosphere
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"The future will rely on citizen scientists collecting andanalyzing their own data. The easy and fun gadgets in this bookshow everyone from Arduino beginners to experienced Makers how bestto do that."
-Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief of Wired magazine, author ofMakers: The New Industrial Revolution (Crown Business)