Let’s talk air quality data!

By: Weather Underground , 10:12 PM GMT on October 12, 2016



As Weather Underground (WU) continues to grow the Personal Weather Station (PWS) Network, we are working to add indoor and outdoor air quality sensor data to the WU system.

Currently, we are testing and reviewing various sensors. If you’re already monitoring the air quality in or around your home, leave a comment on this post to let us know what device you have, how you connect to it, and how you use the data.

WU Pro Tip: Learn more about specific pollutants such as carbon monoxide, particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone.

Get funding for air quality sensors in your community!

If you want to get more involved in gathering and sharing air quality data, we’ve learned about this cool opportunity with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The EPA recently launched the Smart Cities Air Challenge where people from various communities can work together for the chance to receive funding for air quality sensors in their town! Two prizes of up to $40,000 will be given to communities who can provide sound strategies for collecting and using open-sourced air quality data.

Local governments from winning communities will have the opportunity to partner with sensor manufacturers and data management companies, to provide data that will greatly benefit the general public.

Confused about where to start for this challenge? Head down to your local civic center! Specific questions can be directed to smartcityairchallenge@epa.gov.

If you want to equip your community with air quality sensors, then be sure to check out all the requirements for the Smart Cities Air Challenge and submit your proposal in by October 28, 2016. If you’re planning to enter, tweet at us using the @wunderground handle and #smartcityairchallenge so we can think good thoughts for you!

Best of luck!


The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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15. talk2otman
4:39 AM GMT on January 29, 2017
We currently using a METONE Aerocet 831 to monitor IAQ in China. Would be great if WU can soon release how to integrate such data to the PWS we currently have.
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14. chkdigit
12:13 PM GMT on January 25, 2017
I followed dgrubbs73 comment below; I'm online with PurpleAir as well in central Florida.

In addition, I quickly wrote a background routine to send alerts to my inbox should my station's AQI exceed designated thresholds. Since the real-time data is readily available via JSON, it's a fairly simple task to integrate with just about anything.
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13. Asmeqc
9:53 AM GMT on January 21, 2017
I would be interested in procuring the air quality equipment for installation in my community. Where can I purchase this equipment?
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12. renatogmac
1:14 AM GMT on January 09, 2017
I´m using a CO (Carbon Monoxide) sensor outside, to measure air polution. The sensor itself is a good quality MQ-7 connected to an arduino sending data to openhab. CO ais measured in PPM from 1ppm to 2kppm.
Data is being sent every 2 minutes to WU (PWS ISOPAULO446) using the CO parameter (HTTP POST API)
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11. dkresge
2:32 PM GMT on January 04, 2017
What parameters is WU interested in tracking? Particle count? Ozone? CO2? I'm currently using a Dylos DC1100-PRO (0.5/2.5mu) with a Wifly serial wifi adapter to track indoor particle count in Zabbix. Seems like a great kit, but I still need to track down the source of diurnal swings (e.g humidity, air infiltration, or defect)
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10. dgrubbs73
8:53 AM GMT on December 06, 2016
I'm online. https://map.purpleair.org/?lat=29.756260092681263
I wish there was an easy way to put this on Wunderground.
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9. dgrubbs73
1:15 PM GMT on November 21, 2016
So for air quality monitoring, could you use a laser particle AQM and then dump the data for plotting? What kind of sensors are available and how expensive are they? Very cool idea. Garbage burning is an issue for this area, might mess the sensor up?
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8. evanacree
6:00 PM GMT on October 18, 2016
For the challenge itself, is WU open to hosting the data?
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7. glasserp
12:50 AM GMT on October 15, 2016
The two outdoor air quality platforms I've been eyeing are SmartCitizen (new version launching soon?) and AirQualityEgg. Search for 'em. Each has their pros and cons. I would jump on adding an air quality module to my system in a heartbeat.
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6. kurtholes
9:13 PM GMT on October 14, 2016
Can't wait to see your sensor recommendations. I'd love to start logging air quality data for the area.
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5. emonitor
9:10 PM GMT on October 14, 2016
There is an option of using low cost wifi ESP8266 Arduino compatible boards with sensors directly attached posting through free wifi in urban area... Look through the GitHub for examples this type of use, off the shelf Solar Power bank to power, at least as long as the cell has access to sunlight.
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4. joer293
8:36 PM GMT on October 14, 2016
I have an indoor CO2 meter, ZGM053U . USB logging to a desktop computer. I also have a RD1706 radiation detector, which is useful to sense increases in ground level Radon, or Coal power plant pollution that is lingering in the air.

I would be willing to purchase a reasonably priced outdoor CO2 meter, VOC meter and/or Radiation sensor, if I knew the data was able to be uploaded to WU for sharing.
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3. Hickory117va
7:14 PM GMT on October 14, 2016
I am using a Foobot indoor air quality sensor. Use it to remind myself to open windows for air exchange.
Would be interesting to find a outdoor unit since I have noticed that sometimes "fresh" air actually increases pollutants so having a comparison would be nice.
Keep us posted, if cost is not outrageous I might add one to my PWS setup...
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2. funkadelic1
7:07 PM GMT on October 14, 2016
I use a foobot to monitor the air qualify inside my home: http://foobot.io/
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10:22 PM GMT on October 12, 2016
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