An interactive map that shows the current local air quality situation. Photo: Kate Ter Haar - Flickr.com/CC BY

European Air Quality Index launched

A new European Air Quality Index has been launched that allows users to check the current air quality across cities and regions. The index is accompanied by new country fact sheets that provide updated air quality information for the member countries of the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Based on measurements from more than 2,000 air quality monitoring stations, the index consists of an interactive map that shows the current (hourly or daily) local air quality situation at station level, based on five key pollutants that harm people’s health and the environment: particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10), ground-level ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulphur dioxide (SO2).

Users can zoom in or search for any town or region to check the overall air quality and measurements per key pollutant. The index shows an overall rating for each monitoring station, marked by a coloured dot on the map, corresponding to the worst rating for any of the five pollutants.

Source: EEA news, published 16 November 2017

Air Quality Index: http://www.eea.europa.eu/themes/air/air-quality-index

EEA country fact sheets: https://www.eea.europa.eu/themes/air/country-fact-sheets

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