Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Live Air Pollution Maps

You can now view a real-time map of air pollution around the world. AirVisual Earth is an interactive 3d globe which shows animated wind patterns and / or the Air Quality Index across the whole planet.

AirVisual Earth uses the American system of measuring air pollution based on the present levels of six ground level pollutants (ozone, PM2.5, PM10, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide). These levels are combined to give an overall air pollution score.

AirVisual Earth is an impressive animated real-time globe. I'm not quite so impressed by some of AirVisual's claims that it is 'groundbreaking' and the 'first map of its kind'. Especially when the map owes such an obvious debt to the Earth 3d globe.

Like AirVisual Earth, Earth allows you to view real-time wind and air pollution data on a 3d map. It also allows you to view lots of other data which isn't available on AirVisual Earth, such as ocean currents and waves.

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