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About Air Monitoring

Florida's statewide air quality monitoring network is operated by 19 state, local and private environmental programs. The air is monitored for carbon monoxide (CO), lead (Pb), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ozone (O3), particulate matter (or particle pollution [PM10 and PM2.5]), and sulfur dioxide (SO2).  Since health-based criteria were used to establish the standards, these six pollutants are referred to as "criteria air pollutants." The monitors tend to be concentrated in areas with the largest population densities.  Not all pollutants are monitored in all areas.

The Florida's Air Quality webpage provides the public with measurements of pollutant concentration levels in the ambient air - ambient air being generally defined as that portion of the atmosphere near ground level and external to buildings or other structures. Ambient air quality standards, defined at levels below health standards, are established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for criteria air pollutants.

An essential component of air quality management in the state is the identification of (1) areas where the ambient air quality standards are being violated and plans are needed to reduce pollutant concentration levels to be in attainment with the standards and (2) areas where the ambient standards are being met but plans are needed to ensure maintenance of acceptable levels of air quality in the face of anticipated population or industrial growth.

The end-result of this attainment/maintenance analysis is the development of local and statewide strategies for controlling emissions of criteria air pollutants from stationary and mobile sources.  The first step in this process is the annual compilation of the ambient air monitoring results, with the second step being the analysis of the monitoring data for general air quality, exceedances of air quality standards, and pollutant trends.

Real Time Ozone Data Sites 

AirNow
This EPA webpage provides an archive of animated and daily peak ozone concentrations as well as current day's displays for Florida and much of the rest of the country. Select your state or zip code for local conditions and forecasts.

Air Quality Today
The Florida Spatial Air Quality System displays the current Air Quality Index for all ambient air quality monitors in Florida.

Air Data

Data Queries, Reports & Maps
This EPA webpage provides access to air quality data collected at outdoor monitors across the United States. The data comes primarily from the Air Quality System database.

Local Air Program Links

Broward County — Air Quality Alerts
Summary of Air Quality Index data and local information

Duval County — Air Quality Branch
Daily Air Quality Index data and monitoring network information

Hillsborough County — Air Monitoring
Air monitoring overview and contact information

Miami-Dade County — Today's Air Quality
Daily Air Quality Index data and county air data reports

Orange County — Air Quality Management
Air quality updates, general and contact information

Palm Beach County — Florida Department of Health
Daily Air Quality Index data and pollen counts

Pinellas County — Air Quality
Daily Air Quality Index data

Sarasota County — Air and Water Quality
Daily Air Quality Index data

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October 26, 2017 - 10:05am

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