The main ambient air quality monitoring station for Launceston is located at Ti Tree Bend, approximately 2.5 km north-west of the city centre. Regular monitoring of airborne particles has been conducted at this site since 1992, providing valuable records showing the long-term trends in Launceston's air quality.
The station currently houses a Low-Volume Air Sampler (LVAS) to measure PM2.5, and a Tapered Element Oscillating Microbalance (TEOM) instrument to measure PM10. The LVAS and TEOM data are used to report against the Australian air quality standards. These data undergo a validation process prior to publication. The station also includes a DRX DustTrack (optical particle counter) to measure indicative PM2.5 and PM10 for real-time public information. Real-time plots (with 10-minute updates) of the DustTrak data can be found on the Launceston Real-time Air Quality page.
Graphs of annual validated data (LVAS and TEOM) are available via the
validated data portal.
Recent unvalidated air quality data from the Launceston air station
The plot below shows day-averaged PM10 and PM2.5 from the most recent 30 days of DustTrak data from the station.
Other data plots, including data from previous years, are available on our
historical data-plot page.
The National Environment Protection Measure standards for the species measured at this station are:
- PM10 - day average: 50 ug/m3; annual average: 25 ug/m3
- PM2.5 - day average: 25 ug/m3; annual average: 8
Important Note: The
unvalidated data in the plot above are indicative only, and are provided for public information.
In keeping with legislative requirements the data are reported in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) throughout the year.