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The earth’s surface and ocean temperatures are rising, with the 1990’s the warmest decade on record. Today, most scientists agree that man made (or anthropogenic) sources of greenhouse gases are, at least partly, to blame. The largest source of greenhouse gases in the Bay Area is mobile sources. Carbon dioxide is the most abundant of the greenhouse gases; however, other gases like methane and nitrous oxide are also involved.

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Ambient Air Monitoring

The Air Monitoring Program of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District operates a 32-station monitoring network and oversees the necessary repair, maintenance, and quality-control activities.

The monitoring network provides the data required to determine whether the Bay Area is in compliance with state and federal air quality standards. Air monitoring data are also used for air quality forecasts, Clean Air Plan modeling, Prevention of Significant Deterioration permit modeling, and Environmental Impact Reports. Some of the monitoring sites include toxics sampling equipment.

Sampling projects such as PM2.5 speciation sampling and short-term studies in specific communities (Cupertino and Berkeley, for example) provide data for the development of air quality plans and updated regulations, and further our understanding of air quality in the Bay Area.

Last Updated: 8/26/2013