The woman in this photograph is cooking on a traditional mud biomass cookstove in Chennai, India. Our team, with researchers from CSU, Carnegie Mellon, Sri Ramachandra University, and Berkeley Air, is assessing the composition of smoke from different biomass stoves in four countries across the world using the portable emissions sampler shown in the photograph. The tripod supports a probe that extracts air from above the stove for analysis. Our data will improve understanding of how cookstoves affect climate and health. Running this experiment was very difficult, because it was 120 degrees fahrenheit with 80% humidity! Our instruments kept overheating so we cooled them down using ice we bought at a local market. Wish you were here?
- Date April 2016
- Author K. Bilsback