Air quality refers to the condition of the air within our surroundings. Good air quality pertains to the degree which the air is clean, clear and free from pollutants such as smoke, dust and smog among other gaseous impurities in the air.
Air quality depends on the rate that pollutants are emitted to the atmosphere and the rate at which these compounds are dispersed away from the sources.
The air pollutants monitored by PAMZ are consistent with provincial and national networks. Their levels determine the value of the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) used across Canada to indicate the level of relative health risk associated with local air quality
The interpretation of the continuous and passive data PAMZ collects is supported by basic meteorological measurements of parameters that affect the transport and dispersion of emissions.
Air Quality and meteorological parameters measured continuously by the Parkland Airshed Management Zone’s Air Quality Monitoring program are: