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What is inside AirScape heat maps?

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

AirScape allows you to analyze either individual pollutants such as PM2.5 and NO2, or a combination of all tracked pollutants called Air Quality Index (AQI). In most cases, you would only use AQI values that correspond to the cumulative health effects of various pollutants.

Available pollutants have different names and meanings based on the selected time scale. For example 'Instant AQI' means real-time five minutes average of Air Quality Index.

The AirScape tracks four of the pollutants that have adverse health effects:

  • Fine Particles (PM2.5) is a smaller particles < 2.5 µg/m³, which you can’t see. They settle deep into your lungs, enter your bloodstream, and can cause long-term and potentially life-threatening health issues. Coronaviruses fall into this category.

  • Coarse Particles (PM10) is an airborne particles < 10 µg/m³ (micrometers, one-millionth of a meter per meter cubed) of dust, smoke, pollen, and carbon emissions.

  • Ozone (O3) is a ground-level ‘summertime smog’ where pollution reacts with sunlight. It can cause breathlessness and irritation to the nose and throat.

  • Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) is a toxic gas produced from burning fuels, including traffic and gas boilers. It inflames the lining of your lungs and reduces your immunity to chest infections. It’s particularly harmful to asthmatics.

Pollutants available for the 'Now' time scale:

Pollutants available for the '7 days' time scale:

Pollutants available for the 'Overall' time scale:

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