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.

Instrument limitations – Most rural network stations use mid-cost indicative monitors which respond to all aerosols including dust, sea salt and smoke. Single-channel DustTraks (TSP only) will also respond to fog. Care must be taken in interpreting the data compared with Air NEPM standards without additional information.