Nottingham air quality map

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2 Nottingham Kenmore Gardens AURN

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4 Sunnydale Road

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Nottingham MAP AIR QUALITY ANALYSIS AND STATISTICS

What information about air pollution can be found on the air pollution map for Nottingham?

The air pollution map for Nottingham is easily accessible from the main city page. A left-click on the map icon will open a new page which is filled with information about air quality.

The first thing a viewer will notice is the overall colour of the background of the map. This is a direct indication of the quality of the air. It is currently a greenish/yellow which would indicate “Good” air quality. These colours can range from pale green to dark maroon and are standard across the whole website. The darker the colour, the worse the air quality.

Another noticeable thing will be the number of coloured circles or discs that can be seen on the map. These represent the location of the ground-level air monitoring stations. They each display a number at their centre which is the United States Air Quality Index reading or US AQI for short. This reading is calculated by taking the measurements of six of the most commonly found pollutants in city air. These are usually both sizes of Particulate Matter (PM2.5 and PM10), ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide. Once established, this reading is used as a metric when comparing air quality in different cities across the globe. The whole system has the backing of the World Health Organisation (WHO). If any of the discs are near an area of special interest, once selected, a new page will open with all the relevant information about that specific area of the city.

Looking back to the main city page, it can be seen in the coloured banner at the top of the page that in December 2022 Nottingham was enjoying a period of “Good” quality air with a US AQI reading of 37. There were three main pollutants which were measured but it is PM2.5 that is usually quoted as standard. The recorded level was 9 µg/m³ which is just less than twice the recommended target figure of 5 µg/m³ as suggested by the WHO.

Scrolling down to just under the map can be seen the number of stations there are that provide the data and also the number of contributors.

Can areas of higher levels of pollution be identified on the air pollution map for Nottingham?

These areas of higher levels of pollution can be seen by looking for the disc with the highest number and/or the darkest colour. This should be relatively straightforward as Nottingham has only one station which is at Nottingham Centre AURN. It currently shows a US AQI reading of 41 which is classified as “Good” air quality. This station is also the most popular with 5,800 loyal followers.

Is there any more interesting information on the air pollution map for Nottingham?

There is a lot more interesting information about air quality on the air pollution map for Nottingham but the page needs to be viewed in full-screen mode to reap all the benefits. This is easy to achieve by pressing the icon that is at the top of the screen. This way will ensure that no information is obscured.

When viewed in this manner, there will be four options to be found on the left-side of the screen. Each of these can be turned on or off individually so the effects they have on the map can easily be seen.

The first option shows the location of the ground-level air monitoring stations which can each be individually selected to gain more information about that specific area of the city.

The second option shows the location of any wildfires that happen to be burning in the vicinity. In December 2022, there were no such icons on the map. If there were, then option number four should be consulted because it shows the speed and direction of the wind and could show where the smoke might blow.

The third option is very entertaining as it can change the background colour of the map to show the current air quality. Some may find the colour to be too intense and not easy to understand, in which case it can be disabled and the map will then revert to a more subdued colour scheme.

More information about air quality can be found on the right-hand side of the screen where a table will be seen. This table shows the ranking of world cities according to their levels of air cleanliness. By default, only the top seven are shown on this lead page, but it can be explored further by choosing to see the full ranking of all participating cities.

Can the source of the air pollution be seen on the air quality map for Nottingham?

The source of the polluted air is not shown on the air quality map for Nottingham but, as with most large cities throughout the world, the major source of air pollution is known to come from vehicle emissions. As much as 25 per cent of carbon dioxide comes from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. As recently as 2019, a study showed that air pollution was responsible for more deaths in Nottingham than alcohol and road traffic accidents. A strategy for the next ten years has been formulated by the local council in an attempt to reduce these figures.

Not only does it cause premature deaths, but it also causes and exacerbates several health conditions, and improving air quality would mean: “thousands fewer cases of asthma, coronary heart disease, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), diabetes and lung cancer over the next 10 years and related improvements in quality of life.

What are the negative effects of PM2.5 which is so often mentioned on the air pollution map for Nottingham?

Particulate matter can originate in the most different places and processes. The burning of biomass and fuel is an example, both in heaters, fireplaces and boilers, and in vehicles powered by fossil fuel, such as cars, motorcycles, boats, planes and tractors Factories and power plants, which use fuel to run their turbines, also emit particulate matter during their activities. Fires, agriculture and hospitals are also responsible for emissions of this type of material.

The small particles and droplets present in particulate matter, mainly in PM2.5, are responsible for a series of health problems. Studies point to several diseases caused by contamination by particulate matter, such as heart attacks and cardiac arrhythmia. There are also reports of developing asthma in children and other problems related to the respiratory system, such as irritation of the airways, coughing and difficulty breathing.


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