Office of Air Monitoring
The Office of Air Monitoring is responsible for
coordinating the statewide ambient air quality
monitoring program and ensures that state, and
local air quality programs operating ambient air
monitors in Florida meet federal requirements
for network design, instrument siting and
operation, and quality assurance. Florida’s
monitoring network has developed over the
decades in which it has been in operation, and
currently assesses the air quality for almost 92% of Florida’s more than 19 million citizens.
The Office is specifically responsible for the following functions:
- Management of statewide ambient air monitoring operations
- Management and performance of data quality and data validation functions
- Submittal of ambient air monitoring data to the EPA
- Preparation and coordination of statewide quality assurance documentation
- Performance of statewide quality assurance audit activities
- Operation of FDEP ambient air monitoring sites
- Calibration, certification, installation, and purchase of ambient air monitoring equipment
- Performance of service and repair functions for ambient air monitoring equipment
The Office ensures that the ambient air quality data collected are properly compiled, verified, and entered into the state's air quality database, and then submitted to the EPA for inclusion in its Air Quality System where it is available for use nationally. A calibration Standards Laboratory is maintained to support the statewide auditing and monitoring programs to ensure data produced are of similar quality.
The Office provides a quality assurance oversight for all of the ambient air quality monitoring conducted throughout the state. Auditors visit each monitoring site annually to assess the accuracy of the data being produced. The auditors perform triennial management systems audits of each of the state's and local agency's monitoring programs to evaluate the general condition of the quality assurance functions.
The Office further supports the state-operated air quality monitoring network with maintenance and repair of all the equipment used in that network, which currently consists of 41 monitoring sites supporting 84 monitors located statewide. Local air programs operate an additional 61 sites with 133 monitors.
The public has the ability to access ambient air quality data by visiting Florida’s Air Quality System.
August 07, 2014