Ambient air is the term used to describe the air as it exists in the atmosphere, what we might commonly call the outdoor air. Ambient air is monitored to understand if there are air quality concerns and to understand what actions can be taken to help support clean air.
Currently, the ambient air quality monitoring network in Edmonton is operated jointly by the provincial government and various industry groups. There are three ambient air quality monitoring stations that are configured to measure air contaminants and calculate the provincial air quality health index (AQHI). These three stations are directly managed by Alberta Environment. Alberta Environment also operates a fourth station that measures only particulate matter (Edmonton McIntyre).
In addition to the Province’s stations, there are six industry-operated stations that are situated around industrial areas in the east and west areas of the City. These six stations monitor air quality contaminant concentrations that are specific to the provincial approvals that relate to each of the industrial operators.
View the current air quality data for Edmonton and area.