A data-driven approach for optimal design of integrated air quality monitoring network in a chemical cluster

Zhengqiu Zhu, Bin Chen*, Sihang Qiu, Rongxiao Wang, Yiping Wang, Liang Ma, Xiaogang Qiu

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The chemical industry is of paramount importance to the world economy and this industrial sector represents a substantial income source for developing countries. However, the chemical plants producing inside an industrial district pose a great threat to the surrounding atmospheric environment and human health. Therefore, designing an appropriate and available air quality monitoring network (AQMN) is essential for assessing the effectiveness of deployed pollution-controlling strategies and facilities. As monitoring facilities located at inappropriate sites would affect data validity, a two-stage data-driven approach constituted of a spatio-temporal technique (i.e. Bayesian maximum entropy) and a multi-objective optimization model (i.e. maximum concentration detection capability and maximum dosage detection capability) is proposed in this paper. The approach aims at optimizing the design of an AQMN formed by gas sensor modules. Owing to the lack of long-term measurement data, our developed atmospheric dispersion simulation system was employed to generate simulated data for the above method. Finally, an illustrative case study was implemented to illustrate the feasibility of the proposed approach, and results imply that this work is able to design an appropriate AQMN with acceptable accuracy and efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Article number180889
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalRoyal Society Open Science
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • air quality monitoring network
  • atmospheric dispersion simulation system
  • Bayesian maximum entropy
  • multi-objective optimization model


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