Monitoring and results

Within the French air quality law a system for monitoring air quality was developed until 1 January 2000. The monitoring activities is delegated to approved bodies that link the State, regional authorities and industrials to consumer or environmental protection associations and representatives from the health sector. The monitoring activities are delegated to approved bodies that link the State, regional authorities and industrials to consumer or environmental protection associations and representatives from the health sector. ATMO France federalizes the monitoring network of these Associations Agréées de Surveillance de la qualité de l’air (AASQA – Approved Air Quality Monitoring Association).

The polluters to be monitored and limits are determined by the French air quality law. These approved bodies are also responsible to provide information for the public. In the event that alert thresholds are exceeded or risk being exceeded, regional or departmental Prefects announce short-term measures that reduce the risk of exceedances.

Current measurement and exceedance data from past years regarding the limit values for particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide, but also regarding other air pollutants, can be taken from the database of ATMO France. You will find a map of the air quality in your region here:

http://www.atmo-france.org/fr/index.php?/200804119/carte-des-aasqa/id-menu-237.html

The approved bodies which are responsible for monitoring air pollutant concentration also provide data and additional information on the development of air quality: