The ambient monitoring section is comprised of three (3) branches:
Data Management and Statistical Services
manages the database of the AMS and gives statistical advice of various kinds to the AMS and other units in the Division. The DMSSB prepares several annual and trend summaries of air quality in NC, either for routine publication or in the response to special requests.
Electronic & Calibration
is responsible for purchasing, setup and installation of all of the continuous and manual ambient air monitoring equipment for the Division. This Branch sets up monitoring sites, test and certifies field standards, performs independent accuracy audits, and orders needed supplies and replacement equipment. The ECB troubleshoots problem sites for State, Local and Tribal monitoring program technicians and visits sites to repair, pick up or replace instrumentation when necessary.
Projects & Procedures
is responsible for developing procedures, overview, and analytical support for the entire statewide ambient air program. Among other activities, the PPB studies nitrogen deposition related to animal farming operations, operates a multi-elevation ozone study, conducts pollen sampling and analysis, operates sites to further the understanding of decreasing visibility and increasing regional haze, and conducts hydrocarbon sampling and analysis for identifying ozone precursor compounds.