September 27

Air Quality and Wildfire Maps Now Available

Changes in air quality can have wide-ranging effects for people, especially for children and sensitive groups, but also for everyone when air quality drops considerably. In May, we announced the addition of the Air Quality endpoints to the Aeris Weather API.  Today, as we continue to expand our Air Quality API and datasets, we are announcing a new air quality map layer within the Aeris Mapping Platform (AMP).  The layer displays Air Quality Index (AQI) badges for locations globally and allows users to quickly visualize areas of concern.  Additionally, large wildfires can negatively affect local and regional air quality. Therefore, we are also releasing a new wildfires map layer alongside air quality.  Both layers are available today for use by all Aeris Maps Premium subscriptions.

Global Air Quality Map Layer

The new air quality map layer displays badges of the Air Quality Index (AQI) as observed by global observation stations and uses the same air quality observations from the Aeris Weather API endpoint.  Air quality (AQI) values based on the dominant pollutant reported by each observation station. These AQI values utilize the scale from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) AirNow organization.

Static Map

To use the new air quality layer, just include the layer name  in your map request. For example, the following displays air quality information near Zibo, China:

Air Quality map layer example

Air Quality map layer example

Leaflet Example

The air quality layer can also be used with third-party mapping libraries, such as Leaflet:

WeatherBlox Example

If you are using our WeatherBlox widgets to add weather and maps to your website, try the following air quality map view example made with our WeatherBlox Wizard:

Wildfires Layers

Large wildfires can play a significant role in both local and regional air quality.  Therefore, today we are also launching two new wildfire layers alongside air quality layers.  These new fire layers use data from the fires endpoint of the Aeris Weather API and the US Forest Service (USFS).  Initial data coverage includes the Continental US, while expansion into other regions, including Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada, continues to be reviewed in the near term. The new fires layer is available in two options, as basic circles and as fire icons.

Fires Point Layer

To display circles/points for each large wildfire location, use the   (or  ) layer code:

Large Wildfire Point Layer

Large Wildfire Point Layer

In this example, we placed the fires on top of the geocolor satellite layer, which is also good at depicting the smoke plumes from larger fires.

Fire Icons Layer

To display the large wildfire locations with fire icons, use the layer code   :

Large Wildfire Icon Layer

Large Wildfire Icon Layer

The US Forest Service updates the wildfire data daily, usually by mid-morning Eastern time.

Get Started with Air Quality and Fires

The new air quality and fire layers are already available today for all Aeris Maps Premium subscribers, or you can try them out today with our free developer trial.

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