Air quality has improved significantly since the 1950s, with dramatic reductions in some pollutants, such as sulphur dioxide.

However, air pollution still damages our health and the environment. It is caused by emissions from industry, transport, energy and agriculture, as well as some household activities, such as heating.

 

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Data

Scottish Air Quality - What is the air quality like in my area right now? Air pollution level updated hourly across Scotland.

 

Changes in emissions to air in Scotland

 

How has Scotland’s air quality changed since 1990? Interact with the graph below to consider reasons for these changes.

 

How have levels of nitrogen dioxide changed over the past 10 years in your area?

 

Scottish Air Quality Database - Nitrogen Dioxide levels. Nitrogen dioxide forms in air from the exhaust emissions from cars, buses, trucks and power plants.

 

Maps

Is air quality meeting government standards?

Find out which sites in Scotland failed or passed since 2006. What do you think the reasons for this might be?  Click on the map below and interact with air quality information.

What is the air quality like in your area?

Scottish Air Quality - What is the air quality like in your area right now? Air pollution level updated hourly across Scotland. You can also use this map to find out where SEPA monitor air quality in Scotland.

 

 

Are there pollutants being released in your area by industry?

Scotland's environment map - Use this Scottish Pollutants Release Inventory (SPRI) map to find out more.

 

 

Apps

Air Pollution Information System

Monitoring air quality using lichens Lichen can give us a clue about local air quality. Use this app to survey lichen in your area and find out more.

Lichen Logo - Using lichens to monitor air quality

Air Quality in Scotland

Air Quality Scotland keeps you informed about latest and forecast air pollution in your region. Download a free app for iPhone and Android keeping you updated about air pollution in Scotland.

Air quality in Scotland

CycleStreets

 

CycleStreets can help you to plan cycle friendly routes and reduce your impact on air pollution. This app can help you plan cycle friendly routes.

Cycle Street Logo

Citizen Science Surveys

Air Quality Survey

Air Quality Survey In this survey resource from the Royal Geographical Society lichen comparisons are made between contrasting sites in the local area.

Royal Geographical Society with IBG Logo

 

OPAL Air Survey

Take part in the OPAL Air Survey and you can find out about air quality near you and help scientists answer important questions about the impacts of air quality across the UK.

OPAL Explore Nature Logo - Ladybird

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

 

Take part in the Lichen and Air Quality Survey. Lichens are highly sensitive to air pollution and are widely used as bioindicators for environmental health.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Logo

Resources

Making the case for the environment (Video).

Find out more about air quality and the environment in this video from SEPA.

The Greenhouse Effect

What is the greenhouse effect? Click on this diagram to find out more.

 

Clean air for Scotland

Sources of air pollution – primary and secondary pollutants. Click on this diagram to find out more.

 

Sources of air pollution

Primary and secondary pollutants. Click on this diagram to find out more.

 


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