Air quality index is used to describe the air quality in simple terms and an easy-to-understand color scale. It is based on measured air quality data and gives an overall characterization of the actual air quality. Finnish air quality index is a hourly index which describes the air quality today, based on hourly values and updated every hour.
|Color||Air quality||Health impacts||Other long term impacts|
|good||no known impacts||mild environmental impacts|
|satisfactory||very unlikely||mild environmental impacts|
|fair||unlikely||clear impacts in vegetation and materials|
|poor||sensitive individuals may experience adverse effects||clear impacts in vegetation and materials|
|very poor||sensitive population may experience adverse effects||clear impacts in vegetation and materials|
The index takes into account the concentrations of sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), respirable particles (PM10), fine particles (PM2.5), ozone (O3) carbon monoxide (CO), and the total reduced sulphur compounds (TRS). The measured concentrations are compared with the current air quality guidelines.
A sub-index is assigned for each of the measured compounds and the highest sub-index determines the overall air quality index at the station.
|Index values of the different compounds (sub-indexes), concentration micrograms per cubic meter air (µg/m3)|
|good||below 20||below 40||below 20||below 10||below 60||below 4000||below 5|
|very poor||above 350||above 200||above 200||above 75||above 180||above 30000||above 50|