Air quality info made more accessible
A website which tracks air pollution in the UK has been updated to improve navigation and make the information easier to understand.
The National Air Quality Information Archive is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in airborne pollutants but, in the past, the data has been presented in a way which has made it hard to for a casual user to wade through the dense material.
Second only in size to NASA’s air quality archive, the database contains a huge quantity of information on air quality in the UK, from historic pollution levels in the 1960s to the latest hours’ readings from monitoring stations all over the country.
The re-launched site includes the latest annual reports for UK air pollution, based on readings from 2005.
It also contains information on the following areas:
‘episodes’) that occurred during 2005. This year, it examines a summer photochemical smog event, together with air quality impacts from the Buncefield fires.
In addition to the website an Air Quality Freephone Helpline (0800 556677) is also available to obtain information on current and forecast air quality in a particular local area.
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