Air Quality Monitoring in Carlow

The Environmental Protection Agency manages the National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Network.

The air quality index for Carlow Town is calculated on an hourly basis as part of the Large Towns AQIH Region and the Air Quality Map shows you if air quality is good, fair, poor or very poor in your region.

You can find out if air quality is likely to affect your health and what you can do to protect your health on the Air Quality Index for Health page.

The airquality station in Carlow was commisioned in September 2018. Automated, provisional results for PM10 and PM2.5 are available at the link below

Automated Particulate Matter (PM10 / PM2.5)


Historical air monitoring information

Air monitoring was previously carried out in Carlow at the fire station on the north side of the town. Monitoring began on 12th July 2004 and concluded on March 14th 2005.

Monitoring was done by a mobile unit containing continuous monitors for sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and benzene. PM10 was measured by collecting particulate matter on a filter and analysing it in the laboratory. Metals in air were measured by pumping air through filters which were changed at regular intervals. Results of the monitoring can be viewed at the link below.

Historical air monitoring data can be downloaded here Carlow.