Rural air quality network - Live air quality data

Hourly updated particle concentrations from indicative monitors.

Updates

  • Smoke from hazard reduction burning and domestic wood heating will occasionally cause elevated particle levels over the cooler months.
  • Emergency bushfire monitoring has now ceased. Cooma, Grafton, Lismore, and Merimbula stations will continue to operate as part of the rural network. Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie stations will report data to the Air Quality Index table.

Abbreviations

  • CMA – Catchment Management Authority
  • LLS – Local Land Services
  • SA – South Australia
  • TSP – Total Suspended Particles

Instruments used

Multi-channel DustTraks are used for stations reporting TSP, PM10 and PM2.5. Single-channel DustTraks are used for stations reporting TSP only. An ongoing upgrade is underway to replace all NSW sites with multi-channel instruments.

Disclaimer

Most rural network stations use mid-cost indicative monitors which respond to all aerosols including dust, sea salt and smoke. Single-channel DustTraks (TSP only) will also respond to fog.

We have undertaken best efforts to ensure that data from these instruments is consistent with measurements from compliance instruments. However, note that instrument accuracy does not meet strict Australian Standards, therefore care must be taken in interpreting the data compared with Air NEPM standards without additional information. Reported data has only undergone preliminary automated checks, and further manual validation is performed for data stored in the DPIE database.

Data is reported in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), and updates approximately 30 minutes past the hour (e.g. 11:00 values are online at approximately 11:30). However, during daylight saving, data is still collected and stored in AEST and will be presented with an apparent 90 minutes delay. Gaps indicate that a pollutant is not measured at the site OR instrument was offline OR that wireless or satellite connection was not able to be established with the site.

Since the bushfires were extinguished, DPIE scientists have continued to collect background data from our temporary emergency air quality monitoring stations. These additional data provide a baseline for understanding the smoke incidents which occurred at these locations. The following updates are now being made to our network:

  • Our Grafton, Lismore, Cooma, and Merimbula sites will be retained as part of our Rural Air Quality Monitoring Network. These stations will help expand the network in the state’s north east and south east.
  • Sites at Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie will also be retained and will continue to report data to the Air Quality Index Table. Negotiations continue with councils on a permanent location for a comprehensive air quality monitoring station on the Mid-North Coast.
  • Stations at Batemans Bay, Taree, and Ulladulla will be decommissioned as the monitoring units will be redeployed to meet other operational requirements.