Upper Hunter region
The monitoring region in the Upper Hunter runs from Merriwa in the northwest to near Broke in the southeast, across the local-government areas of Upper Hunter, Muswellbrook and Singleton.
The Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network was created by OEH, in partnership with the Upper Hunter coal and power industries, in response to community concern about the effect of coal mining on air quality in the region. The monitoring stations were established between 2010 and 2012.
All monitoring stations report on:
- PM10 particles (particles with a diameter of 10 micrometres (µm) or less)
- wind speed
- wind direction.
Three stations (Muswellbrook, Singleton and Camberwell) also report on particles with a diameter 2.5 µm or less (PM2.5).
- Current monitoring results from the Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network
- Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network map - displays current air quality conditions across the network
- Search historical data.
You can also find more air-quality information for the Upper Hunter region in OEH’s annual air-quality monitoring reports.
Seasonal air quality newsletters are published for the Upper Hunter region.
The Upper Hunter Valley Particle Characterization Study (PDF 5.7MB) was carried out in 2012 to study the composition of fine particles 2.5 microns and smaller in diameter (PM2.5) in the towns of Singleton and Muswellbrook.
In September 2010, the Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network Advisory Committee was established. The charter of the committee is to advise OEH and the Environment Protection Authority on matters specifically related to the design and operation of the Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network.