Real-time Air Quality monitoring in Indonesia

Posted on July 18th 2015
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Indonesia monitoring stations with real-time Air Quality forecast overlay

Real-time Air Quality data for is now available for Indonesia. 10 stations located in major cities across Indonesia are measuring in real-time PM10 pollution.

The monitoring stations are operated by BMKG (Badan Meteorologi Klimatologi dan Geofisika), the Indonesian Department of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics.


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The currently active stations are located in: Central Jakarta City, Medan City, Pekanbaru City, Jambi City, Palembang City, Pontianak, Banjarbaru City, Samarinda City.

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As we explained in one of our previous articles, all the AQI figures published on the World Air Quality Index project are currently [1] using the US EPA standard. While the Indonesian EPA has defined (like any other country) its own AQI scale, called 'IPSU' (for Indeks Standar Pencemar Udara), this is actually not a problem since the breakpoints used in the Indonesian standard for PM10 are actually more strict than the US EPA standard! The graph on the right shows the comparison for PM10 AQI scale for China, US and Indonesia.


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One important point to notice is that there is no real-time PM2.5 real-time monitoring available. This is actually a common practice in South Asia, as many of the neighboring countries with Air Quality data available (namely Thailand, Malaysia and Brunei) are also only providing PM10 (exceptions are the Philippines and Vietnam).

While we do rely on BMKG to set-up the needed PM2.5 monitoring stations (hopefully starting with Jakarta), one might want to consider looking at our research report for deducting PM2.5 from PM10. Note that to be completely relevant and accurate, the PM2.5 to PM10 AQI convertion formula described in the report needs to be adapated to Jakarta since the typical 'dust type' in Indonesia is different from South Korea (the conclusion in the research report is based on South Korean data). This is actually something we might test-pilot conjointly with BMKG, so stay stuned (we will update this article).

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Summary of the AQI levels, color coding and description used in Indonesia:
US EPAIndonesia
rangecolorlevelrangecolorleveldescription (for PM10)
0 .. 50
Good0 .. 50
BaikTidak ada efek
50 .. 100
Moderate50 .. 100
SedangTerjadi penurunan pada jarak pandang
100 .. 150
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups100 .. 200
Tidak SehatJarak pandang turun dan terjadi pengotoran debu di mana-mana
150 .. 200
Unhealthy
200 .. 300
Very Unhealthy200 .. 300
Sangat Tidak SehatMeningkatnya sensitivitas pada pasien berpenyakit asthma dan bronhitis
300 .. 500
Hazardous300 .. 500
BerbahayaTingkat yang berbahaya bagi semua populasi yang terpapar




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Note: This article is part of a series on Worlwide Air Quality scales.

For more information about specific countries or continent, please refer to thoses articles:
Thailand and Malysia
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India
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China
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Hong Kong / Canada (Air Quality Health Index)
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South America
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Australia
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Quebec and Montreal
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Singapore
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Poland
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Indonesia
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For information about the 24 hours averaging used or Ozone and Particulate Matter (PM2.5), please refer to those two articles: Ground Ozone Index - PM2.5 Instant Cast


[1] We are now working on an option which will allow users to select any AQI scale they want.


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    About the Air Quality and Pollution Measurement:

    About the Air Quality Levels

    AQIAir Pollution LevelHealth ImplicationsCautionary Statement (for PM2.5)
    0 - 50GoodAir quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no riskNone
    51 -100ModerateAir quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.
    101-150Unhealthy for Sensitive GroupsMembers of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.
    151-200UnhealthyEveryone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effectsActive children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion
    201-300Very UnhealthyHealth warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid all outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit outdoor exertion.
    300+HazardousHealth alert: everyone may experience more serious health effectsEveryone should avoid all outdoor exertion

    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.


    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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