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AQS Futures (Where is AQS Heading?). AQS Conference August 22, 2012 Robert Coats. AQS Program Objectives. Support EPA mission – Protect human health and the environment Support the implementation of environmental laws and regulations

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Aqs futures where is aqs heading

AQS Futures(Where is AQS Heading?)

AQS Conference

August 22, 2012

Robert Coats

Aqs program objectives
AQS Program Objectives

  • Support EPA mission – Protect human health and the environment

  • Support the implementation of environmental laws and regulations

  • Support both EPA and external (state, local, and tribal) stakeholders

  • Data quality

  • System usability (ergonomics, availability, integrity, and performance)

  • Manage cost

  • Transparency

Providence, Rhode Island

New national ambient air quality standards
New National Ambient Air Quality Standards

  • PM standard:

    • Proposed June 14, 2012


    • Strengthen primary standard

    • Establish secondary standard (visibility)

    • Expect rule by end of 2012

    • Analyze, plan, and budget: January - September 2013

    • Begin implementation: October 2013

Providence, Rhode Island

Monitoring program initiatives
Monitoring Program Initiatives

  • Quality assurance (new QA transactions)

  • Monitor metadata

  • Changes to certification

  • Computed parameters

  • Integration with annual monitoring network plans

Providence, Rhode Island

Aqs and the exchange network
AQS and the Exchange Network

  • Phase 1 – Submission: Complete!

  • Phase 2 – Flow version 3.0

    • New submission schema version

      • New QA assessments

      • Changes to monitor metadata

    • Publishing:

      • Allow AQS data to be retrieved by Exchange Network nodes

      • Formalize interface for data sharing

  • Expect to continue support for current version 2.2a for foreseeable future.

Providence, Rhode Island

Aqs technology modernization
AQS Technology Modernization

  • Technologies:

    • Discoverer: Near end of lifecycle with Oracle

    • Forms: Near end of lifecycle with Oracle

    • Reports: Near end of lifecycle with Oracle

    • Database: Server hardware at end of lifecycle with IBM

  • Plans:

    • Database Server: Move database to new Intel architecture server at EPA NCC (Q4 2012)

    • Software: Begin looking at alternative technologies

      • Will establish workgroups involving stakeholders to formalize requirements

      • Cost will be significant selection factor

Providence, Rhode Island

System usability
System Usability

  • Update and consolidate AQS documentation and on-line help

  • Migrate to agency-based access control

  • User registration: Better integration between AQS and Exchange Network

  • Dynamic AQS code tables on web (e.g. method codes) and web services

  • Graphical output instead of text only for standard reports

Providence, Rhode Island

System usability cont d
System Usability (cont’d)

  • Better analytical, statistical, and mapping capabilities

  • Investigate moving protocol information from sample measurement to monitor

  • Optimizations for performance improvement

  • Simplify AQS summaries

Providence, Rhode Island

Data quality
Data Quality

  • Review and update AQS data screening processes

  • Review AQS data handling for its effect on data quality

  • Improve numeric precision

Providence, Rhode Island

Manage cost
Manage Cost

  • Remove unused and/or obsolete functionality

  • Investigate integration between ad-hoc tool (presently Discoverer) and standard reports (presently Oracle Reports) advanced analytical tool (SAS)

  • Tighter integration between AQS and Data Mart

Providence, Rhode Island

Questions and Feedback?

Providence, Rhode Island