Visual recognising the Air Quality Index - a case applied to Hanoi

Posted on February 8th 2015
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Earlier this week (of February 2015), we got several inquries from Hanoi citizen wondering about the Air Quality Index which was displayed on the Hanoi page (city/vietnam/hanoi).

The main reason for the inquiry was that the Air Quality Index displayed on the World Air Quality Index project was around 50 (green AQI) level, while the outdoor visibilty in Hanoi looked like this:


For reference, on the same day in Beijing where the Air Quality Index in Beijing was arround 180 level, the visibility looks like this picture:



One interresting comment on the above picture for Beijing is that the right-part of the picture is having a worst visibility than the left part. This is actually completely normal, pollution is not always uniform, and depending on the wind direction, one part of the city can have relatively good air quality while the other part can be much worse.

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When comparing the visibility for Hanoi and Beijing (see pictures on the right for a comparitive zoomed view), there is no doubt that Air Quality for both cities is at similar level, and, for sure, than if the Beijing AQI is about 180, then it is very likely than Hanoi AQI is much higher than 50.

However, please note that, sometimes, the poor visibility is due to high humidity rather than air pollution (smog). The easiest way to differenciate between humidity and smog is by checking the haze color. If it is yellow or grey, then very likely this is due to smog. But if it is a clean white, then most likely what you are seeing is water vapor (i.e. humidity).

In case you still have some doubts, you can also refer to the Air Quality forecast for your region: The forecast always starts with the current day, so you can check from the first frames of the forecast animation the AQI level for your city.

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When you notice such issue with reported Air Quality - then, please, drop us an email and we will do the necessary to check, verify the data, and contact the relevant local EPA to get the issue fixed.

The problem with Hanoi actually happened to be an issue with the monitoring station itself emitting too low values. Once the problem was well identified and acknowledged, it took no time for the local Hanoi EPA (Environment Protection Agency) to fix the issue and get the monitoring station working normally again. Many thanks again to the Hanoi EPA for the effort and quick action.


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    关于空气质量与空气污染指数

    本网站采用的污染指数和颜色与EPA是完全相同的。 EPA的指数可以从 AirNow上查到

    空气质量指数空气质量指数级别(状况)及表示颜色对健康影响情况建议采取的措施
    0 - 50一级(优)空气质量令人满意,基本无空气污染各类人群可正常活动
    51 -100二级(良)空气质量可接受,但某些污染物可能对极少数异常敏感人群健康有较弱影响极少数异常敏感人群应减少户外活动
    101-150三级(轻度污染)易感人群症状有轻度加剧,健康人群出现刺激症状儿童、老年人及心脏病、呼吸系统疾病患者应减少长时间、高强度的户外锻炼
    151-200四级(中度污染)进一步加剧易感人群症状,可能对健康人群心脏、呼吸系统有影响儿童、老年人及心脏病、呼吸系统疾病患者避免长时间、高强度的户外锻炼,一般人群适量减少户外运动
    201-300五级(重度污染)心脏病和肺病患者症状显著加剧,运动耐受力降低,健康人群普遍出现症状儿童、老年人及心脏病、肺病患者应停留在室内,停止户外运动,一般人群减少户外运动
    300+六级(严重污染)健康人群运动耐受力降低,有明显强烈症状,提前出现某些疾病儿童、老年人和病人应停留在室内,避免体力消耗,一般人群避免户外活动
    (参考详见http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/空气质量指数)

    如果你想了解更多有关空气质量与污染,详见维基百科或者 AirNow

    有关健康建议详见北京的Richard Saint Cyr MD医生的博客:www.myhealthbeijing.com


    Usage Notice: All the Air Quality data are unvalidated at the time of publication, and due to quality assurance these data may be amended, without notice, at any time. The World Air Quality Index project has exercised all reasonable skill and care in compiling the contents of this information and under no circumstances will the World Air Quality Index project team or its agents be liable in contract, tort or otherwise for any loss, injury or damage arising directly or indirectly from the supply of this data.



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