Parkes air quality monitoring station

The Parkes air quality monitoring station is located at the Bureau of Meteorology airport site. This site is in the Central West Local Land Services Natural Resource Management (NRM) Region.

An estimated 12,567 people live within 25km of this monitoring site (2016 census).

Commissioned: 2007

Latitude: 33⁰ 7' 39.72''S

Longitude: 148⁰ 14' 38.04''E

Elevation: 323.3 metres

The following air pollutants are measured at this station:

  • Total Suspended Particles (TSP)
  • Fine particles as PM2.5
  • Fine particles as PM10

Data from the site is reported as hourly updated particle concentrations.

Continuous record – data from most rural sites is only collected in 15-minute intervals as the solar-powered instruments need to preserve energy.

Instrument limitations – instruments used at most rural network sites are low cost indicative particulate monitors that respond to all aerosols including smoke and fog. Do not interpret data from these sites as pollution without additional information.