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Online map shows Houston air quality in real time

Online map shows Houston air quality in real time

Credit: University of Houston

HoustonCleanAirNetwork.org

by Doug Delony / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 20 at 2:18 PM

HOUSTON—Houstonians have a new way to track outdoor air quality, thanks to a real-time map created by the University of Houston and Air Alliance Houston.

The website, unveiled to the mediay on Monday, was created by a three-year $450,000 grant from Houston Endowment.

HoustonCleanAirNetwork.org provides color coded ozone levels on a map of the City of Houston. Purple colors represent “hazardous” levels, while green indicates “good” levels.

According to a university press release, The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality provides the site’s air quality data.

“This site allows people to plan their day,” UH Professor Dan Price said. “It can be used by anyone with health concerns about ozone including educators who decide whether to hold school recesses outside or coaches who determine when outdoor practices are held. It can also benefit those living with respiratory illnesses such as asthma.”

The school says the American Lung Association of the Plains-Gulf Region also helped to create the website, which also has educational content that defines the ozone and its effect on the human body. It also explains what precautions people should take if they must be exposed to poor air quality.

On the web: http://www.HoustonCleanAirNetwork.org

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