What is an API?
An API is an application programming interface that builds software and connects it to other systems. This allows other programs to have access to the information from the other system. The process of transferring data between two applications is known as an API call. The system that provides the data is known as a server. While the system that requests the data is known as a client. Normally, an API is built with a specific purpose. For example, an API that calculates properties from a database. In this post, we will be discussing Air Quality APIs. These are APIs that provide data on air quality measurements. This is relevant because air quality is a big issue today. The world has been facing days where the air quality has been really bad and people have been questioning what is causing this and how to get it better. If you are here reading this post I am guessing you are interested in knowing what you can do in order to read more on this topic. Well, I am here to tell you just that! Here we will go over some of the best Air Quality APIs you can use in your company or personal projects!
Air Quality APIs
DERA’s NO2 Air Quality Monitor API measures nitric oxide (NO) (in parts per billion) in the ambient air using cutting-edge technology developed by DERA’s National Air Pollution Surveillance program. NO is one of the indicators used by EPA to determine overall air quality and pollution levels in different locations throughout the United States. Combined with temperature data, NO2 AQI data can be used by developers to create applications that track and display real-time air quality information to the public (among other uses).
This API will retrieve the current, historical, and forecasted Air Quality Index of any location in the world.
To make use of it, you must first:
1- Go to Air Quality Index API and simply click on the button “Subscribe for free” to start using the API.
2- After signing up in Zyla API Hub, you’ll be given your personal API key. Using this one-of-a-kind combination of numbers and letters, you’ll be able to use, connect, and manage APIs!
3- Employ the different API endpoints depending on what you are looking for.
4- Once you meet your needed endpoint, make the API call by pressing the button “run” and see the results on your screen.