Real-time Air Quality in the Balkan Peninsula

Posted on April 28th 2015
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The Balkan Peninsula, popularly referred to as the Balkans, is a geographical region of Southeast Europe. The region takes its name from the Balkan Mountains that stretch from the east of Serbia to the Black Sea at the east of Bulgaria.

Balkans with real-time Air Quality forecast overlay (more info)
Many of the countries in the Balkans are providing real-time Air Quality readings. The data for Turkey (Thrace), Romania and Croatia have already been available on the World Air Quality Index project for a long time. Today, we are able to roll-out the data for 3 new countries: Serbia, Bulgaria and Macedonia.

Countries with known data (and PM2.5)
Bulgaria
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Croatia
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Macedonia, FYR
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Romania
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Serbia
Countries with known data (but only PM10)
Greece
Countries with known data (but not yet available)
Countries without known data
Albania
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Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Kosovo
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Montenegro

Greece also has its own air quality monitoring network, but unfortunately the data is only made available on a daily basis (from ypeka.gr), which prevents us from showing it on the map like other stations (since all stations on our map are providing real-time hourly readings).

As concerns the remaining countries, namely Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo, data is unfortunately not yet available. Here is the findings from our investigations.
  • Montenegro: The Center for ecotoxicological research (CETI) is responsible for Air Quality monitoring in Montenegro. The Norwegian governement has helped for the equipment purchase with a grant of 85K € in 2014 (see article), but, yet, no data is available from the CETI.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Federal Hydrometeorological Institute is providing Air Quality information, but unfortunately only on a daily basis (i.e. not in real-time).
  • Kosovo: There is a proof of an existing netork, but no data is available from the Institute of Hydrometeorology of Kosovo (IHMK). The Innovations Lab Kosovo is having an interesting Air Quality monitoring project too, but not data is available either. If interrested, check their Kickstarter campain.
  • Albania: There is no clear information about real-time data from either the SELEA project or Ministry of Environment.

Fortunately, this will change, and the data will at some point be available for all the countries. If you have any information or update, feel free to share it by commenting in the discussion board below.


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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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