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.
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.
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.