U.S Embassy launching air quality monitoring program

2015-12-15 12:56:17

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The US Embassy in Mongolia Monday reported that it will formally launch an "Air Quality Monitoring Program" (AQMP) this December 16.

The program will include a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-certified measuring instrument (a MET One BAM 1020), a real-time air quality index website, and a Twitter feed.  The AQMP will continuously monitor and record the level of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in the air outside the Embassy and continuously convert the data collected onto the EPA-created "Air Quality Index" (AQI) scale. This information is open to the public and is intended to benefit Ulaanbaatar residents, including American citizens living and working in Ulaanbaatar, the local health community, and the Government of Mongolia, the Embassy’s website says. 

“Air pollution is a critical global health threat. In February 2015, the U.S. Department of State and the EPA formed a partnership with the goal of improving real-time air quality data from around the world by adding data from participating U.S. embassies to the EPA data already published on air quality conditions in the United States."