Local Air Quality
Why monitor this
Particulate matter (PM) is the term for particles found in the air, including dust, dirt, soot, smoke and liquid droplets. PM contributes to poor air quality which negatively affects human health, and is an important measure from both a health perspective as well as attractiveness as a resort destination. Particulate matter 2.5 measures locally based contributions with a threshold based on Provincial objectives.
What this measures
This indicator measures the annual average hourly concentration of particulate matter, a local air pollutant, in the air. Often related to energy use, burning and land disturbances or fires. The data is compiled by the BC Ministry of the Environment based off the monitoring equipment at Meadow Park.