Air quality monitoring and modelling

Defra publish an interactive monitoring map showing current levels of pollution at monitoring sites, three of which are in Birmingham.

View Defra's interactive map

Defra also provide a five day air pollution forecast with related health advice.  

In Birmingham, we have more monitoring stations than those used by Defra; data from these forms our annual status report. Ongoing air quality information can be requested from our pollution team.

The monitoring stations only measure the pollution at this fixed points. Using what we know about sources of pollutions, such as roads, airports and industrial sites, we are able to create a computer model (called Airviro) which predicts levels of pollutants across the city.

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