Air Pollution in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Real-time Air Quality monitoring project

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Please note that Air Quality monitoring is now available for Dhaka: aqicn.org/city/dhaka/

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There is a good reason to worry about the Air Quality in Dhaka, as Bangladesh ranks 169th (out of 178 countries) at the Environmental Performance Index for Air Quality (2014 score).

Furthermore, according to the most recent World Health Organization data, the air quality in Dhaka reaches an yearly average of 90 µg/m3 of PM2.5, which corresponds to a 168 - Unhealthy Air Quality Index. Obviously, 168 - Unhealthy is just a yearly average, and the air pollution can reach much higher 300+ hazardous levels.

For more information, you can refer to this article about making bricks for Dhaka’s construction boom, which provides a very good insight about Dhaka's Air Pollution situation

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Note that Air Quality Data for Dhaka is available since March 2016:
Click for the detailled Air Quality Index



Air Quality Forecast for Dhaka

National Monitoring Network

Back in 2009, the World Bank started a 7 years investement of US$ 62.20 million in the Clean Air and Sustainable Environment project (CASE) program. The objective was, among others, to get 11 Continuous Air Quality Monitoring Stations (CAMS) installed in 8 cities to monitor major air pollutants and to generate real time air quality data including air quality index for major cities.

This was confirmed by this news from UNB which said that "A modern Air Quality Research and Monitoring Center (AQRMC) has been established at the center for Advanced Research in Sciences (CARS) of Dhaka University (DU)".

But yet, despite the good news from the World Bank, the Air Quality readings are not officially available, and the Air Quality Research and Monitoring Center (aqmcdu.edu.bd) is not giving much details... The website from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (পরিবেশ ও বন মন্ত্রণালয়-) moef.gov.bd is similarly not providing more information. As concerns the worldbank CASE project report, it is surprisingly laconic, despite having used more than $10 millions USD on the "Environment" sub-project[1].

Crowdsourcing a real Air monitoring Network that works

For this reason, we are now investigating with several Institutions, Universities, Schools as well as individual citizens living in Dhaka the possibility to setup an alternative and crowd-sourced Air Quality monitoring network, which would allow to broadcast free hourly AQI information for several locations in Dhaka, and later in other cities in Bangladesh.

The monitoring stations used for this network are the semi-professional GAIA A12 Air Quality monitoring stations. The Gaia A12 is much more affordable than the traditional monitoring station ($200 for the GAIA A12 while it is $10,000+ for the traditional ones), but yet with a data quality as good and reliable as the traditional stations.

If you are interested in knowing more about the project, about helping to host a station, or just about getting and rebroadcasting the real-time Air quality data, then please contact us with the form at the bottom of this page.

Stay Informed

If you want to stay informed about the Air Quality monitoring project for Bangladesh,
please register with the form below:
The Bangladesh Air Quality Monitoring Project - subscription form
Enter your name - eg "John Doe"
Enter your email address - eg "john.doe@mail.com"
Write few words about your request - eg:"I live in Dhaka, and would like to have real-time readings.", "I would like to help by hosting an monitoring station", "I would like to know the average daily air quality for the past year", ..

Other Countries

Do you want to view all the other on-going country monitoring programs?
Go to the page aqicn.org/country or click on any of the flags below:

Nigeria Egypt Philippines Cambodia Indonesia Senegal South-africa Libya Morocco Tunisia Algeria Lebanon Qatar Bangladesh Pakistan
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О качестве воздуха и измерениях загрязнения:

О уровнях качества воздуха

- Индекс качества воздуха (ИКВ = AQI) ЗначенияУровни концерна здравоохранения
0 - 50 хорошо Качество воздуха считается удовлетворительным, и загрязнение воздуха представляется незначительным в пределах нормы.
51 -100 удовлетворительное Качество воздуха является приемлемым; однако некоторые загрязнители могут представлять опасность для людей, являющихся особо чувствительным к загрязнению воздуха.
101-150 Нездоровый для чувствительных групп Может оказывать эффект на особо чувствительную группу лиц. На среднего представителя не оказывает видимого воздействия.
151-200 нездоровый Каждый может начать испытывать последствия для своего здоровья; особо чувствительные люди могут испытывать более серьезные последствия.
201-300 Очень Нездоровый Опасность для здоровья от чрезвычайных условий. Это отразится, вероятно, на всем населении.
300+ опасный Опасность для здоровья: каждый человек может испытывать более серьезные последствия для здоровья

To know more about Air Quality and Pollution, check the wikipedia Air Quality topic or the airnow guide to Air Quality and Your Health.

For very useful health advices of Beijing Doctor Richard Saint Cyr MD, check www.myhealthbeijing.com blog.


Уведомление об использовании: Все данные о качестве воздуха не подтверждены на момент публикации, и ввиду гарантии качества эти данные могут быть изменены в любое время без предварительного уведомления. Всемирный индекс качества воздуха реализовал все разумные навыки и заботу в составлении содержания этой информации и ни при каких обстоятельствах проектная группа World Air Quality Index или ее агенты не несут ответственность по контракту, деликту или иным образом за любые убытки, травмы или ущерб, возникшие прямо или косвенно от предоставления этих данных.



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[1] The Environment project was allocated 16.8M, out of which more than 5M was used for DOE building.