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Air Quality Index Calculator

Air Quality Index Calculator

Air Quality Today - Delhi, India
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The AQI is an "index" determined by calculating the degree of pollution in the city or at the monitoring point and includes five main pollutants - particulate matter (see SIM-10-2008), ground-level ozone, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. Each of these pollutants have an air quality standard which is used to calculate the overall AQI for the city. Simultaneously, one can also establish the limiting pollutant(s), resulting in the estimating AQI.

In numbers, AQI is represented between 0 to 500 with 0 representing good air and 500 representing hazardous air. For better understanding and presentation, the AQI is broken down into six categories, each color coded with the number scale.

Air Quality Index Codes

Establishing this number in the real time or in a forecast mode is not an easy exercise, as it involves monitoring in case of real time estimates or modeling of emissions, dispersion of the pollutants depending on local meteorology and terrain, for the forecast mode. However, a number of platforms (and groups) are established and in use, for the readers to choose and learn (and apply). Some useful reference material is listed below

Download an example calculator - requires customization to local pollution standards for use.

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Infographic - Reporting AQI - methods



India Together "What will it take to make Indian cities environment-smart"

Environment Development "Role of Urban Growth, Technology, and Judicial Interventions on Vehicle Exhaust Emissions in Delhi for 1991-2014 and 2014-2030 periods"

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Infographic on Delhi's air pollution

An Op-Ed on air pollution in Indian cities in the Hindu

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