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Air quality forecasting in the United Kingdom

airTEXT for Greater London and the South East

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Online forecast: http://www.airtext.info

airTEXT is a free air quality and health information service for the public in London and parts of the South East of England. It provides air quality forecasts for three days in advance for NOx, NO2, PM10 and PM2.5.

People who sign up to the airTEXT pollution alerts receive voice, email or text messages when air pollution is forecast to be moderate or higher. The service is aimed at people who suffer from heart and breathing problems, whose health or quality of life may be affected by air pollution. airTEXT has provided forecasts using ADMS-Forecast since 2007.

The air quality forecasts are provided as free smartphone apps together with other health information: temperature, UV and pollen forecasts. The apps are available for iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets.

Apple app store Android app store

Health bulletins are provided for each local authority, with forecasts of air pollution, UV, pollen and temperature. These are disseminated by email as PDF documents so they can be printed out for display on notice boards at local venues such as local businesses, leisure centres, etc.

The forecasts are available as a website “widget” which can be easily embedded in a third-party website, such as a borough, in order to display the airTEXT forecasts. The image below shows the airTEXT widget in the Hackney website.

The airTEXT Consortium is a consortium of participating local authorities, the Greater London Authority, Environment Agency and Health Protection Agency. Defra and GLA have provided funding for the development of the forecasts. airTEXT has also benefited from support from the EU under its Copernicus and FP7 programmes.

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