According to NASA there are several way citizens can test for Air Quality.
1. Estimate Visibility:
2. Record the Temperature/weather conditions (which may impede the color of the sky)
3. Note the farthest landmark you can see and record the distance (this can be done using google earth)
4. Do this every day.
According to the article “Observing Your Air Quality” from nasa.gov, “Poor air quality contributes to poor visibility, but poor visibility doesn’t always mean that the air quality is bad.”
You can also measure visibility using a sun photometer which ranges between $75-$130. Also to measure ozone and the pollutants, a simple test strip can be used and purchased with a test kit. All the information for the equipment can be found on their website. Click on the URL below.
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