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Air quality maps in Hua Hin function by feeding relevant air pollution data in a consistent update stream shown on the air quality map above. When enough air quality monitoring stations have been set up throughout Hua Hin, they will provide a clearer picture of which areas are the most polluted, and at what times of day they have higher readings. Air quality maps work by aggregating all of the available air pollution data and placing it onto an easy-to-use and highly visible map.
Whilst many citizens and tourists that inhabit Hua Hin can all benefit from frequent usage and checking of the data provided on the air quality maps and air pollution maps, there are certain groups of people in the city and its extended areas that would benefit more from these air quality maps. As has been touched upon numerous times in the previous questions, air pollution maps provide a constant stream of data for users to check, and simply by referring to the air pollution maps at any given time of the day, one can see which areas of Hua Hin are the most polluted. The US AQI readings shown on the air quality maps in Hua Hin can rise and fall over the day, with some spots that were cleaner suddenly becoming subject to sudden spikes in pollution levels in particular areas on the air quality map. Certain people that may want, or need to steer clear of such areas of higher pollution as shown on the air quality maps would generally fall into several categories. You have individuals that are conscious about their overall level of health and pollution exposure, particularly with the knowledge that living in a city such as Hua Hin, one can be exposed to very high levels of air pollution (once again these areas and times can be seen on the air quality maps) that may get trapped within the many tall buildings of the city, lacking the strong winds to allow the particles and chemical compounds to disperse.
As these pollutants accumulate, the readings on the air quality maps will also go up, and individuals that partake in activities such as jogging or other outdoor activities can benefit greatly from checking on Hua Hin's air quality map throughout the day, as well as for the year. This also goes for other individuals that as of yet do not suffer from any pre-existing health conditions and the like, but simply wish to keep their exposure levels to a minimum, which is an increasingly wise action to partake in, as pollution levels continue to rise across the world with factors such as population growth, industrial growth and increased vehicle ownership all contributing to large spikes in air pollution levels that can be seen on the air quality maps, both in Hua Hin and other cities in Thailand and indeed worldwide.
Other groups of people that can find it very helpful to guard themselves against higher US AQI readings shown on the air quality maps include those such as the elderly, along with young children, babies, and pregnant mothers. Parents of children or those who are expecting can refer to Hua Hin's air quality map frequently at any given time, and thus gauge how badly polluted any given area is. Plans can be subsequently changed according to the readings shown on the air pollution maps. Others that will also benefit from air quality maps in Hua Hin include those with pre-existing health conditions, particularly those that affect the lungs and heart (pulmonary and cardiac systems), as well as those that have compromised immune systems (with this going hand in hand with the pre-existing health conditions, which usually lower one’s immune system depending on the ailment and the extent to which it reduces one’s overall level of health and fortitude). Certain individuals with a hypersensitive disposition towards ultrafine particles or certain chemical pollutants would also benefit well from using the data provided on the air quality maps.
Whilst the city pages typically pertain to a more generalized overview of pollution levels in any given city, using forecasts as well as graphs to highlight not only the US AQI and PM2.5 concentrations, but also show the amount of other chemical pollutants in the air, if such data is available. Of note is that certain cities have more data available than others, with larger and densely inhabited cities being far more likely to have better access to concise air quality data, with demand for this information growing each year as people start to become more conscious of their health, helped largely by many studies confirming the severe damage that air pollution can have on the human body. Regarding the air quality map and air pollution map pages, we can now see the US AQI levels across a whole range of different areas throughout Hua Hin. In understanding what goes into forming the US AQI aggregation, it is formed from the concentrations of several main pollutants, which are utilized as such because of how prevalent they are not only in Hua Hin but also worldwide, being released from the standard pollution sources, that includes cars, construction sites, poorly paved roads, natural disasters and factory or industrial area emissions.
Taking a more in-depth look at the US AQI figure, the levels shown on the air quality map higher up on this page is ascertained from the calculation of several chemical compounds, which include among them ones such as ozone, or smog, as it is more commonly referred to when it accumulates in larger (sometimes visible) amounts on the ground level in Hua Hin. As it is well known as one of the vital components above the earth that aids in shielding us from ultraviolet rays, when substantial quantities of smog accumulate on the ground level, it can cause a myriad of adverse health problems for those living in Hua Hin, along with also raising the pollution readings present on the air quality maps. Further pollutants that are used for calculating the US AQI aggregate as shown on the air pollution maps are nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, along with the two main types of particulate matter, the ultrafine variety (PM2.5) and the larger or more coarse variety (PM10).
Due to the number of fine particles that are released into the air in Hua Hin from many different sources, they can also play a large part in the pollution readings that can be seen above on the air quality map page. For more in-depth information regarding their concentration in the air throughout Hua Hin, the city page can be observed for graphs showing how prevalent these particles are in the air throughout the city, as they are also picked up by air quality monitoring stations.
Air quality maps can provide helpful information, which can aid greatly in reducing some of the more prominent diseases and other health issues that arise as a result of excessive pollution exposure. When the US AQI readings are shown to be high in a given area, several different health issues may arise, ranging from more superficial and short-term ones to severe health consequences. As they have their pollution classification and ratings (as is shown clearly in the color-coding on each reading across the air pollution map in Hua Hin, with the lighter colors indicating the best levels of air quality up to moderately polluted ones, and darker colors indicating unhealthy through to extremely dangerous levels of air pollution), there will be higher chances and risks of people suffering from health issues if they are in an area that is shown on the air quality map as being of a more unhealthy level. Some examples of health issues that may occur when readings on the air pollution maps in Hua Hin are ones such as dry coughs, irritation to the mucous membranes such as the nose, eyes, ears and throat, as well as potential infections of the respiratory tract, particularly when higher amounts of pollution are inhaled over a longer period.
Avoiding certain areas when they have higher readings on the air pollution maps can reduce potential future health problems, as well as reduce the risk of aggravating pre-existing ones. As such, air quality maps can be very helpful in identifying which areas of Hua Hin and indeed any other city in Thailand are the most polluted, and measures such as avoiding outdoor activity in said area, or wearing particle filtering masks if outdoor travel cannot be avoided (in the case of daily commutes) will all be extremely helpful in reducing pollution-related illnesses.