Calibrate to other than 420ppm?
Posted: 22.04.2023 02:50
Modified: 02.12.2023 13:10
As we know, CO2 levels are highly variable by location. I live in a moderately populated suburb. I calibrated my two Aranets here. I sent one to my brother, who lives in a well forested mountain area about 100 miles away. When he turned it on it register as low as 360ppm.
How can one truly calibrate to local levels?
I realize that for normal purposes, a hundred ppm difference is immaterial - I'm just curious!
Posted: 24.04.2023 10:12
Modified: 24.04.2023 10:13
After change of location where CO2 levels are highly different, manual calibration should be performed again. Here you can find instructions on how to do it.
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Posted: 25.04.2023 23:07
Thank you. I understand how to do that. The problem is that - unless I'm missing something - there is no way to calibrate to the local levels. If the true local level somewhere is 360, then calibrating to a strict 420 overestimates the level. If the true local level somewhere is 600ppm (such as an inner-city area) then after calibration it will be giving an under-representation.
Again - I know these are small differences in the greater scheme of things. It would be cool if one could use a public resource to find what current levels are near where one is, and calibrate to that.
Posted: 26.04.2023 09:43
Thank you for feedback.
Yes, it is true that calibration should be done in environments where value of CO2 is close to 420 ppm for it to be accurate.
Unfortunately, we cannot provide resource for every local area CO2 level as those differ and are affected by multiple factors locally.
Here you can check the global map of CO2 emissions by location, but that will not be completely accurate due to local changes in CO2 levels: https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/chem/surface/level/overlay=co2sc/orthographic=29.16,51.27,791/loc=24.215,57.021
Sorry for any inconvenience.
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