Air Quality in India – Reanalyzed PM2.5 Pollution Data 1998-2020


India air quality analysis presented on this portal is based on data extracted from a global database distributed by the Washington University in St. Louis, USA. The data is available as annual and monthly average concentrations for the time period 1998 to 2020, along with modeled annual average source contributions for years 2017 and 2019. The extracted data is analyzed at State and district level (2011 Census) for general consumption.

Methodology: Ground-level fine particulate matter (PM2.5) were estimated by combining Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) retrievals from the NASA MODIS, MISR, and SeaWIFS instruments with the GEOS-Chem chemical transport model using gridded emission inventories, and subsequently calibrated to global ground-based observations of PM2.5 using Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR) as detailed in the study references.

Reference for long-term (1998-2020) analysis: Aaron van Donkelaar, et al. Monthly Global Estimates of Fine Particulate Matter and Their Uncertainty. Environmental Science & Technology, 2021 [Journal Link] [Data Source]

Reference for 2017 source contributions analysis: Erin E. McDuffie, et al. Source sector and fuel contributions to ambient PM2.5 and attributable mortality across multiple spatial scales. Nature Communications 12, 3594 (2021) [Journal Link] [Data Source]

The four animations below present (a) India’s % area exposed to various pollution bins in 1998-2020 (b) India’s % population exposed to various pollution bins in 1998-2020 (c) All India pollution maps for 1998-2020 (d) State and Union Territory maps for 1998-2020 (e) State pollution rank among the 36 States and Union Territories for 1998-2020 and (f) Average % source contributions at State level for 2017.

To download individual images by year or by state and the extracted data for India, follow the download links below the animations. To download the animation, right click and select save.

All India % Population Exposed

India Air Quality Forecasts

By-State with Source Contributions

India Air Quality Forecasts

All-India with State Ranks

India Air Quality Forecasts

All-India Statistics

India Air Quality Forecasts

Download Images:

  1. Individual images from animation (01) – All India % Population exposed [Link]
  2. Individual images from animation (02) – by-State with source contributions [Link]
  3. Individual images from animation (03) – All India with State ranks [Link]
  4. Individual images from animation (04) – All India with Statistics [Link]

Download Summary (Extracted) Data:

  1. Gridded (0.1 degree) data for the Indian Subcontinent region for 1998-2020 [Link]
  2. Average PM2.5 concentrations at State and Union Territory level for 1998-2020 [Link]
  3. Average PM2.5 concentrations at District level for 1998-2020 [Link]
  4. Average source contributions for 2017 at State and District level [Link]

Youtube Links for Animations:

  1. All India % Population exposed [Link]
  2. By-State with source contributions [Link]
  3. All India with State ranks [Link]
  4. All India with Statistics [Link]

All the extractions, interpretations, and summaries were prepared by authors @ UrbanEmissions.Info. Send your comments, questions, and summary data requests to simair@urbanemissions.info.