n Clean Air Journal = Tydskrif vir Skoon Lug - Modern tools for air quality data analysis - : editorial




The amount of air quality data collected around the world is enormous and continues to grow. This data is expensive to collect and manage, requiring specialist equipment, trained staff and a commitment over many years. Despite the large investment in collecting data, the analysis of data is more adhoc, fragmented and limited in ambition. Often, these data are analysed in very basic ways such as to compare measured concentrations with air quality standards and other guidelines. While such analysis is useful from a compliance perspective, it is also a wasted opportunity to gain more insight into the underlying characteristics of air pollution. An improved understanding of the causes of air pollution ultimately leads to improved air quality management.


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