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Esri releases a new mapping app to provide insights on air quality and its impact on communities

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Esri has released a new mapping app, Air Quality Aware, that fuses data from the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) AirNow program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service wind forecast, and the American Community Survey to provide location intelligence on current air quality and its impacts on local communities.

On clicking on any location in the map (or search) three circles will appear: the AQI now, the forecast for later today, and the forecast for tomorrow. At a national level, areas are color-coded according to EPA’s Air Quality Index, with magenta and purple representing hazardous and very unhealthy air quality. As you zoom in, you can see the air quality scores reported at each individual air quality monitoring station. You can click on any station for more information about the pollutants and concentrations reported at that location. You can also search for or click any place on the map to get more information about current and forecasted air quality, wind speed, and insights about the vulnerable population in each place.

Air Quality Aware is the latest in a series of easy-to-use applications available from Esri ArcGIS Living Atlas of the world that tries to simplify access to environmental and demographic information.