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Ozone Monitoring, Mapping, and Public Outreach:
Delivering Real-Time Ozone Information to Your Community
(95 pp, 1.7 MB)
The Technology Transfer and Support Division of the EPA Office of Research and Development's (ORD's) National Risk Management Laboratory in collaboration with EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards' has developed a handbook to help state and local government officials implement ozone monitoring, mapping, and outreach programs. The handbook, called Ozone Monitoring, Mapping, and Public Outreach: Delivering Real-Time Ozone Information to Your Community, provides step-by-step instructions on how to:
- Design, site, operate, and maintain an ozone monitoring network.
- Install, configure, and operate the Automatic Data Transfer System
- Use MapGen software to create still-frame and animated ozone maps.
- Develop an outreach plan to communicate information about real-time ozone levels and their health effects to the public.
This handbook was developed for EPA's Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking (EMPACT) program. The program takes advantage of new technologies that make it possible to provide environmental information to the public in near real time. EMPACT is working with the 86 largest metropolitan areas of the country to help communities in these areas:
- Collect, manage, and distribute time-relevant environmental information.
- Provide their residents with easy-to-understand information they can use in making informed, day-to-day decisions.
Electronic versions of the handbook can be viewed and downloaded from EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards AIRNOW Website at http://www.epa.gov/airnow/.