Air Quality Monitoring (IM) is a part of the Air Quality Protection Division (ÚOČO) of the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute. The objective of the IM is to monitor ambient air quality in the Czech Republic. The IM has two main sections - Manual IM (MIM) and Automated IM (AIM). The technical and laboratory staff of the Central Laboratory of Air Quality (CLI, Prague), of the Air Quality Protection Departments in the branch offices (in Brno, Hradec Králové, Ostrava, Plzeň and Ústí nad Labem) and of Košetice and Tušimice observatories are involved in the IM. The IM network fulfills the quality requirements of the Czech Accreditation Institute (CAI) since 2005. This network works according to a norm ČSN EN ISO/IEC 1725:2005 (as a testing laboratory No. 1460) and thus reaches specifications of the European Commission for a National Reference Laboratory. The details about our accreditation are on CAI web pages.
Management and Service of IM Network
There are working groups in the CLI, on above mentioned branch offices of the ÚOČO and on the observatories to provide IM network operation and acquired data transfer (e.g. stations operation, on-line data transfer, samples and material transportation, other data treatment and final data transfer to the central database AQIS, service operations).
There are carried out analyses in specially equipped laboratories in selected branch ÚOČO offices (in Brno, Ostrava and Ústí n. L.). These laboratories are (as the CLI) specialized to a certain analysis types - polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are analyzed in Ústí n. L., nitrogen dioxide in Brno and sulphur dioxide in Ostrava. The remaining analyses are carried out in CLI. There are specially equipped balance rooms for gravimetric analyses in Brno, Ostrava, CLI and Ústí n. L., which fulfill requirements of EN 12341 and EN 14907 norms.
Český hydrometeorologický ústav ÚOČO - IM Na Šabatce 2050/17 143 06 Praha 412