About the AQ Data Network[edit | edit source]
Air quality data from mandated and scientific observations and numerical model results have long been gathered, analyzed and distributed through various channels. Data providers and their "customers" have established working procedures allowing them to exchange the data they need to "get their job done". However, as could be demonstrated in the case of individual air pollution events, it is rather difficult to obtain additional data from other sources when needed. Historically, the existing networks have developed regionally and there are as many different procedures to provide and exchange data as there are data networks. With interoperability as a guiding principle, the GEO AQ CoP tries to enable connections across regions and institutional borders. When fully implemented, a truly interoperable data network will make it much easier for the users of AQ data to find relevant data sets, to obtain the portion of these data they are interested in, and to analyze different data sets in a coherent fashion.