Ahvaz air quality map

Live air pollution map of Ahvaz

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How much fascinating information about air quality is there on the air pollution map for Ahvaz?

There is a vast amount of information about air quality on the air pollution map for Ahvaz and it is very easy to access. Clicking on the map icon on the main city page will open a new page filled with all the relevant information about air quality.

Once this new page is fully open, the viewer will notice the overall colour of the map. This s a direct indication of the current air quality. It is greenish/yellow which shows the air quality as being “Moderate”.

There are often several coloured circles or discs scattered across the map which indicate the location of the ground-level air quality monitoring stations. But not all cities have physical stations and rely on data collected by overhead satellites instead for their information about air quality. Ahvaz is one of these cities without physical stations. If the map is expanded, many discs will appear showing air quality in other locations. They all use the same set of colours which can range from pale green to dark maroon and are standard across the entire IQAir website.

These discs all display a number at their centre which is the United States Air Quality Index reading for that station or US AQI for short. This figure is calculated by taking measurements of six of the most commonly found pollutants in the city air. They are usually both sizes of Particulate Matter (PM2.5 and PM10), ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide. Once the figure has been calculated, it is used when comparing different levels of air pollution in cities across the globe. It is wholly endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Looking back on the main city page, it can be seen in the coloured banner at the top of the page that in February 2023, Ahvaz was experiencing a period of “Moderate” air quality with a US AQI reading of 70. The asterisk to the right of the number denotes that the data was derived from satellite information. The main pollutant was found to be PM2.5 with a recorded level of 21.1 µg/m³ which is just over four times the suggested target figure of 5 µg/m³ as recommended by the WHO.

Can any more interesting information about air quality be found on the air pollution map for Ahvaz?

There is very much more interesting information about air quality on the air pollution map for Ahvaz and it is easy to access from the map page. An icon will be seen at the top of this page which, when selected, a new page will open at maximum size so no information will be hidden.

Once viewed in full screen mode, a list of four options should be seen on the left-hand side of the screen. These can all be individually turned on or off to see the effects they each have on the map.

The first option would reveal the location of the ground-level air monitoring stations in and around the city, but as already stated, this city relies on satellite data for its information as it has no physical stations. The closest ones are in Kuwait City and in Baghdad.

The second option shows the position of any wildfires that are burning out of control in the vicinity. Currently, there are at least three in the area; the closest being 2425 kilometres away. When fires are detected, option four needs to be referred to because it shows the speed and direction of the prevailing winds. Based on this information it looks like the ensuing smoke will not be blown in the direction of the city, providing that the wind does not change direction.

The third option uses colouration of the map to show the current state of the air. If the colour is too intense and distracting, then it can be deactivated so the colour reverts to a more subdued set of colours more in keeping with a map.

The rest of the information about air quality is found on the right-hand side of the screen where a table can be found. This table ranks the seven most polluted cities in the world. By opening the full ranking section, the rest of the participating world cities can be found and listed in descending order.

Can the source of the polluted air be seen on the air quality map for Ahvaz?

The source of the polluted air is not directly shown on the air pollution map for Ahvaz, but it is well-known that air pollutants in the country are not limited to coming from oil refineries, car exhausts, and industrial activities.

The country is continuously exposed to air pollutants drifting in from neighbouring countries by the wind, especially those coming from the north and northeast during the spring and autumn seasons, as pollutants from external sources make up about 5 per cent of the total pollutants of the air environment.

Air pollutants in the country originating from external sources pose a new challenge to the concerned authorities in the country in terms of their ability to limit their reach to the country, especially with their apparent failure to address the internal sources of pollution so far.

PM2.5 is always seen on the air pollution map for Ahvaz, but how dangerous is it?

Studies have shown that smog is generally caused by high concentrations of fine particles, referred to as PM2.5 or aerosols. It has been found that PMs with an aerodynamic diameter smaller than 10 microns have a greater impact on human health. PM2.5 have small diameters but relatively large surface areas and may therefore be capable of carrying various toxic bodies, passing through the filtration of nose hair, reaching the end of the respiratory tract with airflow and accumulate there by diffusion, damaging other parts of the body through air exchange in the lungs. What’s more, adults exposed to other high levels of ambient air pollution, for example, PM10 and coarse particulate, also have shown an increased prevalence of respiratory diseases.

PM2.5 causes asthma, and respiratory inflammation, jeopardizes lung functions and even promotes cancers, its impact on human respiratory system should not be dismissed.

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