Guide to publishing Air Quality data on the World Air Quality Index project


Publishing data on the World Air Quality Index project is free for every one. But it is also simple and straightforward: All you need to add data on the World Air Quality Index map is to provide a feed URL with the real-time information about the monitoring stations (name and location), the pollutants being measured and the real-time readings (together with the units, for instance milligrams or ppb).

Qualification Criteria

Note that the data published on the World Air Quality Index project (see the map) is only official data provided by each country respective EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) (full EPA list). Those official data are monited using professional BAM and TEOM-like Air Quality monitoring stations. Therefore, except from very specific conditions (for instance when there is no coverage in a country), we do not accept any data generated from non-professional Air Quality monitors.

Feed format

Since almost each country has its own reporting format, we accept many kind of formats for the feeds: They can be in CSV, JSON or just plain text or HTML format. You can find at the bottom of this page 3 example for CSV, HTML and JSON.

You can also check, for reference, the official feeds for Singapore, Peru or Netherland and notice that they are all different.

Data ingestion

Our backend system takes care of regularly checking the data from the feed, and each time an update is available, it will be processed, converted to the US EPA scale AQI values, and publish on the World Air Quality Index website within minutes.

Also, although only PM2.5, PM10, Ozone, NO2, SO2 and CO Air Quality data is published, the system can collect more pollutants for forecasting purpose: Benzen, Toluen, Ethylbenzen, NOx, THC, NMHC, PM1, Formaldehyde, Mercury, Ammonia, Methan, Hydrogen sulfide, Nitrous acid, Phenol, Naphthalene, paraxylene (p-Xylen), metaxylene (m-Xylen), etc.. It is also possible to pubish meteorological data: Temperature, Atmospheric Pressure, Humidity, Precipitation, Wind Speed, Wind Direction, Solar Radiation and UVI. If not provided, we will use other relevant meterologic information sources.

If you have any question, just contact us.

Feed Example (CSV format)

#City: Beijing
#Station: Dongcheng
#Name: 东城东四
#Latitude: 39.929
#Longitude: 116.417
#Timezone: +0800
Date,PM10,PM25,CO,Ozone,Sulphur Dioxide,Nitrogen Dioxide,AmbientTemperature,RelativeHumidity,WindDirection,WindSpeed,Pressure,RainGauge
10/29/2016 13:00,16,3,,58,10,3,32,66,200,3,1001,0
10/29/2016 14:00,19,8,,57,9,4,32,64,197,2,1001,0
10/29/2016 15:00,15,9,,52,47,17,30,72,190,2,1001,0
10/29/2016 16:00,31,19,,52,34,17,30,75,191,2,1001,0
10/29/2016 17:00,31,17,,49,49,19,29,75,194,1,1002,0
10/29/2016 18:00,37,18,,45,55,25,29,73,183,1,1003,0
10/29/2016 19:00,24,13,,40,21,19,29,80,65,1,1004,0
10/29/2016 20:00,39,22,,44,4,16,28,85,7,1,1005,0
10/29/2016 21:00,24,16,,43,3,7,28,85,10,1,1005,0

Feed Example (HTML format)

This is an example based on an HTML format (direct url: publishingdata/html/):
Station list:
Station IDCity or County NameStation NameLocal name (optional)Latitude/LongitudeTimezone (optional)
ID_BEI_WPBeijingWest Park西城官园39.929/116.339+0800
ID_BEI_OPBeijingOlympic Park朝阳奥体中心39.982/116.397+0800
  • The "Station ID" is the unique identifer for each station, and it can just be a number (eg ID8373), or the concatenation of station city and station name (eg. "Beijing/Dongcheng").
  • By default, the station will be available via the url /city/country-name/city-name/station-name.
  • The "Station Name" must use latin characters, so the optional "Local Name" can be provided to localize the webpage.

Real-time pollutant list:
Station IDPollutantUnitUpdate timeValueAveraging
ID_BEI_DCPM10mg/m32014/08/10 10:00:0027.81 hour
ID_BEI_DCPM25mg/m32014/08/10 10:00:0010.81 hour
ID_BEI_DCOzonemg/m32014/08/10 10:00:0015.21 hour
ID_BEI_DCOzonemg/m32014/08/10 10:00:0018.28 hours
ID_BEI_DCTemperatureCelcius2014/08/10 10:00:0022.31 hour
ID_BEI_WPPM10mg/m32014/08/10 10:00:0027.81 hour
ID_BEI_WPPM25mg/m32014/08/10 10:00:0010.81 hour
ID_BEI_WPSO2ppb2014/08/10 10:00:0015.21 hour
ID_BEI_WPHumidiy%2014/08/10 10:00:00881 hour
  • The "Averaging" column is use to specify the duration of the value. The most common averaging is 1 hour. It is also the prefered one, as our backend system will automatically do the 8 hour averagin computation for the Ozone and Carbon Monoxyde.
  • In the case the readings are provided more freqently than every hour (for instance every 30 minutes or 10 minutes), you can either provide the raw readings for the given period, or just the hourly averaging: Our back-end system will anyway process data even between the hour.

Feed Example (JSON format)

This is an example based on JSON format (direct url: /publishingdata/json/)

Sobre a medição da aualidade do ar e poluição

Sobre os níveis de qualidade do ar

- Valores do índice de qualidade do ar (IQA).Níveis de preocupação com a saúde
0 - 50 Boa 0-50: Boa - A qualidade do ar é considerada satisfatória, a poluição do ar representa pouco ou nenhum risco
51 -100 Moderado A Qualidade do ar é aceitável; no entanto, para alguns poluentes pode haver uma preocupação de saúde moderada para um número muito pequeno de pessoas que são especialmente sensíveis à poluição atmosférica.
101-150 Insalubre para grupos sensíveis Membros de grupos sensíveis podem experimentar efeitos na a saúde. O público em geral não é susceptível de ser afetado.
151-200 Insalubre 150-200: Insalubre - Todo mundo pode começar a sentir os efeitos na saúde; membros de grupos sensíveis podem apresentar efeitos mais sérios de saúde.
201-300 Muito Insalubre Advertências relativas à saúde das condições de emergência. Toda a população tende a ser afetada.
300+ Perigoso 300+: Perigoso - alerta de saúde: todos podem experimentar efeitos mais graves para a saúde

Para saber mais sobre Qualidade do Ar e Poluição, verifique o wikipedia Qualidade do Ar tópico ou o guia AIRNow a Qualidade do Ar e sua saúde.

Para conselhos úteis de saúde do dr. Richard Saint Cyr, de Pequim, confira o 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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