Now, 7 days, Overall

Siarhei Tamasheuski avatar
Written by Siarhei Tamasheuski
Updated over a week ago

Exposure to poor air quality has both a short and long-term impact on your health and well-being. The effects will vary depending on the concentration and time of exposure. AirScape allows you to see the air quality over different time periods.


A key feature of AirScape is the ability to see the air quality in real-time. The reality of your here and now - where you are right now on the map and where you are going?

The sensors are uniquely sensitive to every spike or fall in pollutant levels.

So as the air changes, so does the map - every few minutes. The invisible becomes visible, enabling you to make informed choices about what you are about to inhale.

AirScape calculates minute-by-minute sensor readings and displays a new heat map every 5 minutes, based on a 15 minute moving weighted average. It can have high variability based on the time of day and day of the week.

7 days

As the name suggests, this timescale reflects the air quality data averaged over the previous week. This is useful for making general decisions about your regular routes and destinations. You can make lifestyle choices based on the visible trends.

The air quality might be good now, but how would regular exposure to the air pollution typically seen over a week impact your health and well-being? So you'll see how the levels of health concern are higher in this view than in 'Now'.

Would your day in the office be better on any particular day of the week? You can be extra careful to have asthma medication to hand, for example, or be able to avoid a certain area if there is always a build up of traffic in a certain hotspot. How does that construction site affect the air quality over an entire week?

The information in the side panel syncs with the seven-day average map to show the peaks and troughs of air quality every six hours over the week. So you can see when the regular occurrences happen.


The overall layer shows the long-range air quality based on the period shown. It’s not just a simple average. It’s a view of the long term, taking into account general trends and local incidents that may have finished or could just be starting.

For example, if a road is closed, the impact will be felt immediately and our scale and rating will reflect that. It’s a more stable view of your surroundings to make the bigger decisions in life. If you’re moving house or choosing a school for your child, one location, or regular commute, maybe better than another.

Overall air quality is shown as a leaf rating to help you benchmark and compare different locations.


The History tab allows you to play back what has happened around you retrospectively, step-by-step.

You can analyse historical data with five minute averages over the two hour play, hourly averages for the last 24 hours, every six hours for the seven day view, daily averages for the previous 30 days and monthly for the year.

This helps you to understand trends along your regular routes, or the effects of local or regional incidents such as inter-continental dust passing through the local environment. You can see the isolated peaks of air pollution, and how they move with the wind speed and direction.

It also allows you to share the location and specific timestamp of anything that has concerned you. Tell your friends, neighbours and local government representatives what’s happening so you can make a difference.

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