Wednesday, 17 January 2007: 1:30 PM
AIRNow-Tech and AIRNow Gateway: A researcher's resource for air quality data
212A (Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center)
The AIRNow program continues to grow into new regions and support new pollutants. Two new features have been added to AIRNow that will provide broader access to real-time air quality data: AIRNow-Tech and AIRNow Gateway. AIRNow-Tech is a technical Web resource that allows agency staff to monitor, control, and analyze their data that reside in the AIRNow system. AIRNow-Tech allows users to perform queries to extract hourly or summary data; receive automated e-mail queries on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis; and analyze data using AIRNow-Tech's GIS Navigator. Navigator enable users to overlay air quality and meteorological data, compute forward and backward HYSPLIT trajectories, and overlay fire location and smoke plume data. AIRNow Gateway—an off-site, mirrored, live database hub—provides and delivers to researchers and organizations real-time data, forecasts, and information from the AIRNow program. AIRNow Gateway consists of an operational infrastructure that provides AIRNow data in a variety of formats, delivery mechanisms (Web services and files), and update frequencies. This paper briefly describes the origins of AIRNow-Tech and AIRNow Gateway and how they can be used to perform interesting analyses, enhance air quality forecasting, and assist in real-time data assimilation and model evaluation. The paper will also show the scientific and research communities how to access these new data resources.