Air quality index

Air quality index (AQI) is a metric developed to communicate levels of pollution over a given location. In a sense they can be looked at similarly to a weather report, as they inform an individual about the conditions of their environment. Different countries have their own indices which correspond to differing air quality standards. This means that a "moderate" level of air pollution in one place might be considered "low-risk" in another.

Figure 1. An AQI map over a 24 hour period for the US.[1]

For the indices of different countries, visit the links below:


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Jordan Hanania, Kailyn Stenhouse, Jason Donev
Last updated: August 26, 2015
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