The sedimentary basin in Southern California is riddled with environmental contamination and vehicle-mounted sensors are expected to aid detection of toxic polluters.
Technology incorporated in a scientific approach paves way for advent of innovative devices and solutions for catering to the environmental health of the world. Pollution remains to be an alarming concern for governments and local authorities in different parts of the world. Monitoring industrial activities has become mandatory for qualitative regulation of surrounding atmosphere. People residing in an industrial vicinity are constantly exposed to the risks of contracting disorders related to pollution. In the South California, booming industrialization in the Los Angeles Basin has created quite a frenzy among its residents and administrative authorities. More than thousand industrial units such as oil well, gas treatment plants, and refineries have been located in the Los Angeles Basin. And, industrial development from such units keeps surging owing to the surplus demand for petrochemical materials and extravagant profits reaped from their consumption. Bottom line, extensive industrialization will continue to degrade the environmental fabric of the Los Angeles Basin.
With the help of recent scientific developments, efforts are being undertaken by local researchers to improve pollution-monitoring mechanism in the region. The hidden cost of heavy industrialization in Los Angeles Basin is that the region’s toxicity level is also rising uncontrollably. Academics and environmental science experts have devised a new way of detecting key factors and particulates that increase the pollution levels in the area. Newly-developed sensors are being mounted on vans and the data assessed from monitoring the region’s pollution has identified refineries to be the root cause of pollution. Even though a considerable share of California’s economic growth comes from the peninsular industrialization, toxic emission from refineries poses a devastating threat on the geophysical environment of the state.
In this program, mobile instruments used by physicists and scientific researchers analyzed several volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in the atmosphere of Los Angeles Basin. Detection through infrared and UV light scanning indicated heavy presence of ethane and propane, gases that are known to create poisonous smog. The success of such measures is expected to develop business opportunities for Los Angeles’ science-based companies offering such sensor-based detection solutions.