Analysis of Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network Data

After reviewing the stakeholder feedback arising from the 2018 Forum, the Dialogue’s Steering Committee endorsed a project seeking to analyse available long-term air quality data gathered via the Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network data to provide an assessment of long-term trends of air quality in the Upper Hunter.
 
The Dialogue is undertaking an analysis and interpretation of existing air quality monitoring network data (specifically PM10 and PM2.5) and other relevant contextual climate information (e.g. rainfall, temperature, weather and climate, wind speed and direction, solar exposure) to create a narrative around air quality in the Upper Hunter.
 
The intent of this project is to enable the Dialogue to provide:
  • accurate information to Upper Hunter stakeholders about the air quality they are experiencing in easily understood terms; and
  • clarity and certainty to the Upper Hunter air quality debate through an assessment and comparison of air quality measured at the Upper Hunter monitoring network to the air quality measured at other NSW regions, with analysis supported by data from independent organisations.

The analysis will focus on two key questions:
  1. Has the air quality in the Upper Hunter Valley changed since monitoring began?; and
  2. Is the air quality in the Upper Hunter Valley measured at the monitoring stations different from air quality measured at other locations in NSW?

ERM Australia Pacific P/L was engaged to undertake this project on the Dialogue's behalf in October 2019, with Damon Roddis providing a presentation on the initial findings of the analysis at the 2019 Forum. For more information:
Click the link to view this presentation.

A draft report is currently being reviewed by the Dialogue's Joint Working Group and Steering Committee, and will be distributed shortly for peer review.

The report will be published on the Dialogue website and distributed to Dialogue stakeholders once finalised.