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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:

Good air quality on Sunday will remain as a result of easterly winds bringing clean ocean air over the region. On Monday, a high pressure system will cause light winds shifting from easterly to southerly. Air quality in the upper Good range is expected. Clear skies, southwesterly winds, and ample moisture on Tuesday will allow ozone and fine particle pollution to increase into the low Moderate range for most locations ahead of an approaching cold front that arrives by the evening. - MDE

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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.