Air Quality Forecast Partnership
NOAA and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) partner in developing a national Air Quality Forecast (AQF) System. The goal of this partnership is to provide ozone, particulate matter, and other pollutant forecasts with enough accuracy and advance notice for people to take action to prevent or limit harmful effects from poor air quality. State and local air quality agencies, as well as the private sector, are also essential partners in the national air quality monitoring network, EPA's national inventory of emissions data.
EPA, through its relationships with state and local air quality agencies, collects air quality monitoring data and provides it to NOAA. NOAA incorporates these data and NOAA weather observations into operational AQF models developed concentration fields. State and local agencies use this guidance to issue air quality forecasts and Air Quality Index predictions in their jurisdictions. EPA nationally distributes this information from state and local air quality forecast agencies. The private sector uses and disseminates this information to the public as well. Below are links to NWS Air Quality Products,