Advances in Earth Science ›› 2018, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (12): 1223-1236. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2018.12.1223.

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Advances and Trends in Atmospheric Measurement by Smartphones *

Xichuan Liu( ), Taichang Gao *( ), Binsheng He, Lei Liu, Min Yin, Kun Song   

  1. College of Meteorology and Oceanography, National University of Defense Technology, Nanjing 211101, China
  • Received:2018-08-21 Online:2018-12-10 Published:2019-01-18
  • Contact: Taichang Gao;
  • About author:

    First author:Liu Xichuan(1985-), male, Qinghe County, Hebei Province, Lecturer. Research areas include atmospheric physics and atmospheric measurement technology. E-mail:

  • Supported by:
    Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China "Identification and inversion techniques of precipitation types based on the dual-frequencies and dual-polarizations microwave links" (No.41505135) and "Inversion of regional precipitation by microwave links" (No.41475020).

Xichuan Liu, Taichang Gao, Binsheng He, Lei Liu, Min Yin, Kun Song. Advances and Trends in Atmospheric Measurement by Smartphones *[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2018, 33(12): 1223-1236.

With the development and popularization of smartphones and embedded sensors, a non-professional atmospheric measurement method by using smartphones carried by the public has been proposed recently. Without extra dedicated instrument, this method has many advantages, such as low hardware cost, high spatio-temporal resolution, and wide coverage, and it can supplement the professional atmospheric measurement methods, which has broad applications in the meteorological operation, scientific research, public service, and other fields. At present, the research on the non-professional atmospheric measurement in China is limited. In order to make full use of this method, this paper briefly outlined the states of existing smartphones and embedded sensors, highlighted the measurement of precipitation, air temperature, pressure, aerosols, and radiation by smartphones. To promote the development of smartphones for atmospheric measurement, future research should focus on mechanism study, available sources exploration, data quality control, big data processing, joining and matching with operation, research and service, etc.

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