Air monitoring allows for the collection of outdoor air quality data that can be used to identify local sources of air emissions and to evaluate the potential health impacts on humans due to these exposures.
An air monitoring pilot project has been initiated and a portable air monitoring system called an “Airpointer” was installed on November 21, 2012. The Airpointer is currently operating in East Hamilton at Sam Manson Park located near Barton St. and Nash Rd.
The Sam Manson Park location has been selected based for the following three reasons:
- this site satisfies the criteria of being located in Hamilton’s east end;
- the former East Hamilton AQI Station was operated from 1985 to 1996 at this site which allows for comparability of historic data to newly acquired data;
- this site has an existing power supply necessary to operate the proposed Airpointer system
The air monitoring pilot at Sam Manson Park Station 29105 will take place from January 1st, 2013 to January 1st, 2014.
The portable air monitor is capable of measuring levels of 5 common air pollutants on a continuous basis.
Common Air Pollutants
- Sulphur Dioxide (SO2)
- Ozone (O3)
- Respirable Particulate, less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5)
- Carbon Monoxide (CO)
- Nitric Oxide (NO)
- Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)
- Oxides of Nitrogen (NOX)
In addition environmental parameters can be monitored.
Environmental Parameters Monitored
- Wind Speed (WS)
- Wind Direction (WD)
- Barometric Pressure (BP)
- Ambient Temperature (AMT)
- Relative Humidity (RH)
- Rainfall (Rain)
- Door Security (Door)
Air Monitoring Data
Current air monitoring data at Sam Manson Park Station 29105, provided by HAMN, is available here!
Last Updated: May 3, 2013