Air quality forecasters within the Division of Air Resource Management’s Air Modeling and Data Analysis Group and at local air programs throughout the state provide next day forecasts for most of Florida. These forecasts are developed by reviewing complex photochemical modeling performed by major research institutions such as the University of Florida and federal agencies like the National Weather Service. The forecasts are focused on predicting concentrations of the air pollutants ozone (O3) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and are uploaded to the AirNow web site by 4:00 p.m. the preceding day. The current Air Quality Index (AQI) for many sites in Florida can be viewed using the Division's Florida Spatial Air Quality System (SAQS).
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.