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Bandelier National Monument Air Quality Monitoring

Monitoring Site in Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico
Air Atlas
Air Atlas is a GIS database of air quality estimates for 270 parks that are part of the NPS Inventory and Monitoring Program. These estimates can be used when on-site monitoring data is not available.
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Atmospheric Deposition Monitoring
Wet deposition monitoring was initiated in 1982 at Bandelier NM, as part of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program/National Trends Program (NADP/NTN). The site I.D. is NM07.

National Atmospheric Deposition Program/National Trends Network
--Site Overview and Data

Night Skies
Optical monitoring to collect baseline data on night sky brightness at Bandelier NP is in the process of being complete, with a report due in 2007. Dark night skies are considered an important air quality related value at Bandelier NP, possessing value as a cultural, scenic, natural, and scientific resource. Air pollution and poor quality outdoor lighting degrade night skies, lessening a viewer's ability to see stars and other astronomical objects, and altering the nocturnal scene. Use of high quality lighting that produces very little scattered light can greatly improve the night sky. Reduction of haze from air pollution can also improve the night sky.

Ozone Monitoring
Ozone concentrations were monitored in Bandelier NM from 1990-1994.

Visibility Monitoring
Visibility has been monitored with an IMPROVE aerosol sampler in Bandelier NM since 1988. A transmissometer has been used to measure light extinction since 1988. An automatic camera recorded visibility conditions in Bandelier NM from 1982 to 1985 and from 1987-1995.

updated on 01/18/2006  I   http://nature.nps.gov/air/permits/aris/BAND/monitoring.cfm   I  Email: Webmaster