Community Air Quality Data Systems Strategy

From Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

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Introduction and Purpose

Refine Air Quality Data System Vision and Goals

Continue communications started at the data summit

  • Improved system interoperability and efficiencies
  • Reducing redundancies
  • Increase awareness of existing systems

Solicit Advice on Data System Evolution and Assessment

Advise EPA and other organizations on Air Quality Data System IT Issues

Process for moving forward

  • Conference calls, wiki, etc.

Typical Applications of Data Systems

Data systems needs to be designed to support both current as well as unknown future applications. Typical current applications are listed below. However, there is an outstanding question: What do we mean by 'End Users' of data systems? Tech-savy analysts who manipulate the data? Domain expert analysts who interpret and analyze the data? Policy/management analysts who interpret data for policy/management decision-makers? Management decision makers themselves?

Models, Forecasting & Reanalysis


Status, Trends, Pollutant Characterization

Public Health Applications


(Accountability, Policy Support, Monitoring Networks, NAAQS Dev/Implementation)

Current Information Systems

Inventory of Current Air Quality Data Providers

Inventory of Data Enabling or Hub Systems

Mapping system connections and communications (based on 2 and 3)

  • Spreadsheet (S. Falke’s) matrix and schematic(s) of system inflows and outflows
  • Tabular condensing of system attributes

Desired Characteristics of Air Quality Data Systems

Data Systems Architecture

Recommended Interoperability Approach Protocols

Preferred Data Manipulation and Visualization Attributes

Data System Governance and Sustainability

Assessment of System Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Compare systems with attributes defined in (5)

EPA systems assessment


Early near term opportunities

  • EPA AMI IT cyberinfrastructure proposal
  • HEI second stage
  • Internal EPA

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