Technical Services Division
The Technical Services Division of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District carries out monitoring and analysis of air quality in the Bay Area.
Air Monitoring Technology and Methodology Expert Panel
The Air District is hosting an Air Monitoring Technology and Methodology Expert Panel on July 11, 2013. The Air Monitoring Technology and Methodology Expert Panel will be webcast. View the agenda of the Air Monitoring Technology and Methodology Expert Panel. To submit questions during the webcast, email email@example.com.
Read information on the Air Monitoring Technology and Methodology Expert Panel, including information on the panelists at the Air Monitoring Technology and Methodology Expert Panel page.
About Technical Services
The division operates 28 air monitoring stations throughout the Bay Area. It also operates a laboratory that analyzes air samples using equipment and procedures not available in the field.
The division’s Technical Reference Library maintains copies of all Air District publications, as well as publications from the greater air quality community. Located at Air District headquarters in San Francisco, the library is open to the public. Many Air District publications are also available online on this web site.
The division includes an independent Quality Assurance section responsible for auditing air monitoring operations. This group maintains separate, certified measurement equipment standards in accordance with federal and state regulations to audit air monitoring equipment and insure Air District air quality measurements are accurate and precise. The Quality Assurance section also conducts audits on air monitoring equipment operated within Air District boundaries by independent contractors for regulatory purposes or for other public agencies.
In conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency, the California Air Resources Board, local universities, and other local air monitoring districts, the division participates in national, state, and local scientific studies monitoring air quality. Recent studies include:
- The San Jose Central Air Monitoring Station, which is part of the EPA's national Toxic Trends Network designed to evaluate long-term toxic environmental pollution trends.
- The California Ambient Dioxin Air Monitoring Program (CADAMP), which was a rigorous, multi-year study on dioxin levels in the Bay Area air basin and throughout the state, managed by CARB and taking place from 2002-2006. Air District staff provided the local support for CADAMP sampling at our Crockett, Oakland, San Jose, Livermore, and Richmond sites. The Air District also operated a sixth sampling site in San Francisco on the same sampling schedule as the CADAMP sites.