The Technical Services Division of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District carries out monitoring and analysis of air quality in the Bay Area.
The division operates 28 air monitoring stations throughout the Bay Area. It also operates a laboratory that analyzes air samples using equipment and procedures not available in the field.
The division’s Technical Reference Library maintains copies of all Air District publications, as well as publications from the greater air quality community. Located at Air District headquarters in San Francisco, the library is open to the public. Many Air District publications are also available online on this web site.
The division includes an independent Quality Assurance section responsible for auditing air monitoring operations. This group maintains separate, certified measurement equipment standards in accordance with federal and state regulations to audit air monitoring equipment and insure Air District air quality measurements are accurate and precise. The Quality Assurance section also conducts audits on air monitoring equipment operated within Air District boundaries by independent contractors for regulatory purposes or for other public agencies.
In conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency, the California Air Resources Board, local universities, and other local air monitoring districts, the division participates in national, state, and local scientific studies monitoring air quality. Recent studies include: