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AirNow: Air Quality Index Monitoring and Forecasts

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Park Service, NASA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of State

AirNow is a one-stop source for air quality data. AirNow reports air quality using the official U.S. Air Quality Index (AQI), a color-coded index designed to communicate whether air quality is healthy or unhealthy.

The AQI is calculated for four major air pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act: ground level ozone, particle pollution, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide. For each of these pollutants, EPA has established national air quality standards to protect public health. Of these, ground-level ozone and airborne particles are the two pollutants that pose the greatest threat to human health.

AirNow is a partnership of the EPA, NOAA, National Park Service, NASA, Centers for Disease Control, and tribal, state, and local air quality agencies.

Access

AirNow: Home page for EPA's AirNow tool.

Fire and Smoke Map: Interactive map displaying information on ground level air quality monitors recording fine particulates (PM2.5) from smoke and other sources, as well as information on fires, smoke plume locations, and special statements about smoke issued by various sources.

Interactive Map of Air Quality: Interactive map showing data for air quality monitors in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, including current conditions and forecasts.

National Maps: National maps showing current air quality conditions and air quality forecasts for the U.S.

Air Data: Access outdoor air quality data collected from state, local and tribal monitoring agencies across the United States.

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EPA AirNow Air Quality Meter