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Ambient Air Monitoring Program

The Ambient Air Monitoring Program measures ground-level concentrations of criteria pollutants and air toxics, along with surface and aloft meteorological parameters. The Program also performs quality control, quality assurance, and analysis of the pollutant concentrations that are measured at each of the air monitoring stations located throughout Maryland. It is responsible for Air Quality Index (AQI) reporting and issuing daily air quality forecasts as well as coordination of 3D air-shed photochemical grid and dispersion modeling.

In addition, the Program collaborates with local universities to conduct special atmospheric monitoring research to better characterize aloft and surface atmospheric pollutant concentrations. These research initiatives support air quality planning and regulations development.

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To report an environmental emergency, see Emergency Numbers.

Air Quality Forecast Discussion:

Increasing south and southeasterly winds on Friday usher in cleaner ocean air. However, remnant wild fire smoke from Canadian forest fires, which has mixed down to the surface, will stick around just long enough to push fine particles into the low Moderate range. Clouds and rain dominate Saturday with cleaner flow from the ocean continuing, resulting in Good air quality. Cloud cover and ocean flow are expected to continue on Sunday, resulting in Good air quality. - MDE

If you have any questions, please contact Janice Lafon at 410-537-3280 or e-mail at janice.lafon@maryland.gov so that she may direct your inquiry.