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All members of society can benefit significantly by staying up to date on the pollution levels shown on the air quality map for Jacksonville. However, those that may benefit even more and thus safeguard their health are groups such as pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and babies.
Therefore, families can benefit from keeping up with the air quality map’s readings. Others that can benefit include those with pre-existing health conditions, and those with compromised immune systems or a hypersensitive disposition towards certain pollutants or chemicals within the air.
To gain insight into the pollution levels occurring within Jacksonville and surrounding areas just outside of the city, users of the AirVisual app and people following or visiting this air quality map page can refer to the pollution map above, which updates regularly with US AQI readings, which are figures aggregated from the main pollutants found in the air, both in the United States and throughout the world (due to just how prevalent they are, although pollutants can have greater diversity depending on several factors tied into the local industries, and certain practices within any given city or country across the globe. In closing, the air pollution map above will show users how clean the air quality is for Jacksonville, as well as which areas of the city have the highest or lowest levels of pollution, along with which times of the year are the cleanest, and which are the most polluted.
When observing the various readings that are present on the air quality map shown above for Jacksonville, one can learn a few different things just by observing the numbers present, along with the rating system in place which classifies US AQI readings based on how high or low they are.
This was covered in a small amount of detail in the previous question, and to elaborate further, each additional air quality rating after the lowest one, that of the 'good' air quality rating is shown, gets increasingly negative for the health of people within Jacksonville when exposure occurs, particularly when it takes place over a longer period (known as chronic exposure, as opposed to acute levels of pollution exposure. Long-term exposure in itself can cause issues, particularly in areas that are undergoing extreme bouts of pollution due to events such as fires or other disasters that result in large amounts of smoke, ultrafine particles, or chemical gases being released). As the ratings go up from the 'moderate' ones that were mentioned above, they get increasingly darker in color, as shown on the discs with the US AQI readings present on the air quality map above in Jacksonville. Red color codes start to indicate when the air quality levels are become outright dangerous, corresponding with its 'unhealthy' rating (151 to 200 US AQI required for being classified as such), along with purple and maroon representing the highest levels of air pollution possible, with maroon corresponding with hazardous levels of pollution present on the map. This is unlikely to be seen in any cities throughout the United States and is usually seen in some of the more intensely polluted cities around the globe that have a myriad of contributing elements, which include factors such as population size along with growth, as well as density, use of fuel in excessive amounts, and many other factors that figure into the higher air pollution readings present in Jacksonville.
However, high levels of air pollution may be seen on the air quality map for Jacksonville, particularly if there are fires taking place. Fires that are a great distance away may also interfere with pollution readings on the air quality map, as the pollutants and particles can drift many miles if the winds carry them in the right direction. Finally, expanding on the most prominent part of what users can learn from observing the US AQI readings present on the air quality map above, is that of what the US AQI reading itself is comprised of. The US AQI figure is aggregated from a few main pollutants found in the air throughout the United States and the rest of the world, being used as such because of their extreme prevalence (in as much as they are almost universally released from all polluting sources that aren’t unique to different areas of the globe, although exceptions are always possible, particularly for the pollutants that are categorical such as the particle pollutants which are based on material size, meaning that anything can be put into these categories as long as it meets the small size criteria). The pollutants used to calculate the US AQI reading in Jacksonville are nitrogen dioxide, ozone, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, and the two aforementioned particle pollutants, PM10 and PM2.5. Out of both of these, PM2.5 is the far more dangerous of the two, being comprised of many different particles that are 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter.
The larger PM10 can still present some risk to the health of those who breathe it within Jacksonville (and it still goes towards US AQI readings, hence higher levels of larger or more coarse particles in the air such as dust or sand could elevate the pollution readings on the air quality map), but PM2.5 is small enough so that it can bypass the bodies defense systems, lodging deep within the tissue of the lungs and potentially entering into the bloodstream, which in itself is a huge issue as many dangerous materials may gather within the bodies of those who breathe enough of these microscopic pollutants, over longer periods.
Whilst less prominent than in other cities worldwide that are undergoing rapid expansion and growth, the causes for air pollution remain largely the same, and the same can be said for higher pollution readings on the air quality map for Jacksonville. Exhaust fumes from cars and motorbikes, along with other heavier freight vehicles such as trucks and lorries all contribute to ambient pollution levels (thus called because they tend to stay consistent over the year, making them more ambient as opposed to fires, which come and go much more rapidly). Emissions from factories and power plants also contribute, as well as dust and other fine particles being released from construction sites, poorly paved roads (more common outside the city center), and road repairs, all of which may throw large clouds of ultrafine particulate matter into the air.