One way we keep up with the changing air quality in parks is by monitoring and looking at air data in different ways.
- Real time ozone, particulate matter, and weather data are available from a number of parks. These let us know what is happening right now in parks. This can be very important for health advisories and to ensure that long term monitoring is functioning properly. Check out live data from parks and visit our health advisory page. You can also explore the number of days when monitored ozone levels in parks are higher than the human health standard on our ozone exceedance webpage.
- We also look at air quality data from national monitoring networks to see which parks are most at risk and where conditions are declining or improving. Understanding what is happening with park air quality is key to keeping parks clean and focusing efforts to improve air quality where it is most needed. Our national summary maps and park specific conditions & trends webpages are updated annually.
- Park profiles summarize park specific information about significant air pollutants and their effects on natural and scenic resources for selected parks. Additionally, the profiles highlight significant studies and provide links to relevant air quality data.