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General

Contact

Data System Name: HEI Air Quality Database
Data System URL: http://hei.aer.com
Contact Person: Betty K. Pun, Ph.D
Contact e-mail: pun@aer.com

Background

About the Data System (Purposes, Audience)

The HEI Air Quality Database focuses on levels of PM2.5 components and gaseous pollutants at and near sites in the EPA's PM2.5 Chemical Speciation Trends Network (STN) and State, Local and Tribal air monitoring stations (SLAMS). The Database was originally made available in association with HEI's Request for Applications 05-1, Studies to Compare Components and Characteristics of Particulate Matter Associated with Health Effects, which was issued in the summer of 2005. The Database is now available to investigators interested in using the information for studies on air quality and health. Currently, the Database contains information on speciated PM components and gaseous pollutants at these sites for the years 2000-2006 and it is anticipated that the information will be updated regularly for the next 2-3 years.

Presentation

Not Given

History

The HEI Air Quality Database was originally made available in association with HEI's Request for Applications 05-1, Studies to Compare Components and Characteristics of Particulate Matter Associated with Health Effects, which was issued in the summer of 2005. Since then, the database continues to evolve in response to requests from the health community, for example, data on PM elements and carbon blanks have been made available. The database is updated approximately every six months using the most current data from the Air Quality System and other source databases.

Agencies

Health Effects Institute

List of Publications, Papers, Presentations

  • B. Pun, C. Seigneur, S.Y. Chen, M. Sze (2005) Creation of an Air Quality Database for Health Effects Studies, HEI Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD, April 2005
  • B. Pun, C. Seigneur, S.Y. Chen, M. Sze (2006) Web-based Database for Particulate Matter Health Effects Studies, HEI Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, April 2006.
  • Pun, B.K., C. Seigneur, S.Y. Chen, M. Sze (2006) The HEI Air Quality Database, HEI Workshop: Air Quality Data in Health Effects Research, Newton, MA, November 2006.
  • B. Pun, C. Seigneur, S.Y. Chen, M. Sze (2007) Web-based Database for Particulate Matter Health Effects Studies, HEI Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2007.
  • Pun, B., C. Seigneur, E. Edgerton, 2004. Creation of an air pollutant database for health effects studies. Phase I report: Collection of pm speciation and related data (can be downloaded from http://hei.aer.com/help.php)
  • Leslie, M., 2006. Something in the air (Netwatch), Science, 311, 153.


Data System Scope

Data Content

Datasets Served

  • Meta data associated with STN core + supplemental sites:
  1. State, County, Site ID
  2. Latitude/longitude
  3. Metropolitan area
  4. Population (census)
  5. Local emissions (National emissions inventory)
  6. Land use/setting/monitoring objective
  • Concentrations and meteorology from AQS:
  1. PM2.5 mass, elements, ions, OC/EC (STN network)
  2. Gases (subset of monitoring sites near STN sites): Ozone, CO, SO2, NO2, NOx (processed into daily maximum one-hour concentration, daily maximum 8-hour average concentration, or 24-hour average concentration) (SLAMS/NAMS/PAMS network)
  3. Meteorology: temperature, RH, wind speed (processed into daily maximum one-hour value, daily maximum 8-hour average value, or 24-hour average value), wind direction (direction associated with maximum one-hour wind speed or most frequent compass direction in the 24-hour period)
  • Meteorology from NCDC
  1. temperature, dew point, visibility wind speed (processed into daily maximum one-hour value, daily maximum 8-hour average value, or 24-hour average value), wind direction (direction associated with maximum one-hour wind speed or most frequent compass direction in the 24-hour period)


Parameters

see above

Spatial - Temporal Coverage

United States, 2000-2006

Applications/Potential


Health

Intended target audience, e.g., epidemiological studies

Forecasting and Reanalysis

Yes, based on existing user community

Model/Emissions Evaluation

Yes, based on existing user community

Characterization, Trends, Accountability

Yes, based on existing user community

Other

Community outreach, international collaboration

Data System IT

Primary/Official Store for Some data

Not Given

Data Consolidation/integration

see dataset information

Providing Data Access to users/externals

Yes, using csv files

Data Processing

see dataset information

Visualization/Analysis

maps of sites, interpolated spatial concentration plots, time series graphs and pie charts

Decision Support (e.g. some integration into user business process)

queries on meta data allow users to become familiar with dataset and availability of data

End-to-End Integration

from the selection of relevant/interesting sites to data download (one query form for several types of relevant information)

Other DS Values

Not Given

Data Access and/or Output Interoperability

Not Given

Reusable Tools and Methods

Not Given

Security Barriers and Solutions

user accounts and password requirements

User Feedback Approach

email

Other Architecture

Not Given

User Provided Content