Monday, August 17, 2020

NEW Air Quality Map with Air Monitoring and Air Sensor Info Now Available

 August 2020

AirNow Sensor Pilot Announced

The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Forest Service have launched a pilot project to show data from low-cost sensors on the Fire and Smoke Map on the website. The goal of the pilot is to provide people with additional information on air quality during wildfires, especially in areas where AirNow monitors or Forest Service temporary monitors may not exist.

Public use of low-cost sensors is increasing; however, data from these sensors is not comparable to the regulatory-grade monitors used on AirNow. The pilot project uses an EPA scientific equation to “correct” the sensor data, so users can compare sensor information and monitor information side by side. EPA and the Forest Service may update the map several times during the pilot, as the two agencies work to have an upgraded version available to the 2021 fire season. 

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