Local Community Air Tracker volunteers are gathering data on fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) using easy‐to‐operate mobile air particulate monitoring equipment that can be attached to backpacks, bikes, baby strollers, walkers or scooters. This data is being mapped out here so it is easily accessible to the entire community.
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Coloured squares: The air quality samples gathered by INHALE volunteers are clustered and displayed on the map as squares. Colours are based on an average of the samples collected in a particular area. The colours range from green to dark red, indicating low to high particulate levels measured in the air.
As more samples are collected, areas with chronically poor air quality will be revealed. Click on a square to see more details about the data samples and when they were collected.
Coloured circles: The Province of Ontario operates a small number of air monitoring stations that collect data used to calculate the Air Quality Health Index. The current air quality measurement (ug/m3) for Particulate Matter 2.5 is displayed in the circles on the INHALE map.The data contained in this website has not undergone verification and is intended for educational purposes only.
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The INHALE Project is a joint initiative of Environment Hamilton and Toronto Environmental Alliance with funding from Metcalf Foundation. The first community air monitoring project in Canada, it is inspired by an initiative in Pittsburgh run by Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP).
Visit the INHALE Project website: inhaleproject.ca
For more resources on topics of air quality, health impacts of air pollution, air monitoring, quality of life and local economies, visit the INHALE website: http://www.inhaleproject.ca/resources
To gain a better understanding of how particulate matter is regulated in Canada and beyond, here are some great technical and policy resources:Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change