Gladstone air quality is monitored as part of the Queensland air monitoring network, which consists of many stations located around the state.
There are 9 air monitoring stations currently active around Gladstone. These include:
Aldoga (active from 2016)
Auckland Point (active from 2009)
Boat Creek (active from 2008)
Boyne Island (active from 2008)
Clinton (active from 2001)
Fisherman’s Landing (active from 2016)
Memorial Park (active from 2009)
South Gladstone (active from 2000)
Targinie (active from 2000)
These active stations measure the emissions from local industry and air movement patterns and include instruments that record and store weather and air pollutant data.
Various pollutants and air movement patterns are monitored by the active stations around Gladstone. The ways in which these are monitored include:
Dust: Monitoring dust involves collecting and measuring particles that settle down over an area at a certain time under the influence of gravity.
Metals: Metals are measured continuously.
Visibility: Visibility is monitored by the measurement of aerosol levels to determine the loss of visibility due to fine particles in the air (we usually see these particles as smoke or haze).
Particles: Particles suspended in the air: These are monitored using high and low volume air samplers.
Particle Concentrations: Concentrations of particles in the air are continuously monitored with an instrument called a Tapered Element Oscillating Microbalance.
Air Pollutants: A tool called the Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS) system is used to monitor air pollutants based on their ability to absorb light.
The recorded data is then measured against an air quality index to see if levels are healthy and the air quality is good. This air quality index is calculated by converting the recorded air pollutant measurements into index values. These index values are then sorted into categories based on what we call ‘air quality standards’ based on the National Environment Protection Measure for Ambient Air Quality (Air NEPM) standard or the Environmental Protection (Air) Policy 2008 (Air EPP) objective.
The air quality index consists of five colour-coded categories:
Index values are very useful for air quality monitoring, as they make it easier to interpret the data that is recorded by reducing the complexity that comes with trying to understand pollutant concentrations data. For example, if an index value is over 100, this means that the pollutant concentration is above the air quality standard based on health studies and/or will impact the visibility of the environment.
Go to the live air data page on the Department of Environment and Science website to see the air quality indices, which is updated hourly.
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