Air Quality

The purpose of this page is to bring together all existing information and data surrounding air quality across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.  It is the statutory responsibility of each of the districts across the area to monitor and report on air quality and the aim of Cambridgeshire Insight is to pull together all of this data and analysis together.

The Cambridgeshire Transport and Health Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) offers the most comprehensive piece of analysis on Air Pollution across the county. The whole document can be found within our document library but you can access the paper on Air Pollution here. You can also view all current and some historic annual air quality status reports in our document library.

Air Quality Status Reports (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough)

Cambridgeshire Insight is  working with district level partners to release Air Quality monitoring data via our Open Data portal.  All available Air Quality status reports can be found in our document library but the most recent reports for each district can be accessed below:

Smart Cambridge Air Quality Data

Smart Cambridge have published air quality data across a number of locations across Cambridge City. You can view the current status of air quality across each of these locations here.

Pollution forecasts

These pages provide air pollution forecast information from Defra and the Devolved Administrations. Here you will find daily updated forecasts of UK air pollution concentrations for up to 24 hours ahead. Forecasts are issued for sixteen urban areas and sixteen UK regions; these cover roadside, urban background and rural locations.

Daily Air Quality Index

The Daily Air Quality Index (DAQI) tells you about levels of air pollution and provides recommended actions and health advice. The index is numbered 1-10 and divided into four bands, low (1) to very high (10), to provide detail about air pollution levels in a simple way, similar to the sun index or pollen index.

If you (or your children) are likely to be at-risk from air pollution and are planning strenuous activity outdoors, you can check the air pollution forecast. Adults and children with heart or lung problems are at greater risk of symptoms. Follow your doctor’s usual advice about exercising and managing your condition. It is possible that very sensitive individuals may experience health effects even on Low air pollution days. Anyone experiencing symptoms should follow the guidance provided below.