Stainless Environmental Assessment

North & Central America

The site environment, weather, finish, design and probable maintenance schedule must be determined to identify an appropriate stainless steel. Data on pollution levels and weather are conveniently available on the Internet. Links to some of these sites are provided below.

Climate

Canada:

Meteorological Service of Canada
Canadian National Climate Data and Information Archive

United States:

National Resources Conservation Service
North America
US National Climatic Data Center

 

Corrosion maps

Central America
North America
Mexico

 

Air pollution

This is air pollution data from government sensors. It is useful in determining the overall trends and pollution levels in an area. Pick the site closest to your project location that is downwind of any significant polluters.

Canada:

Environment Canada

United States:

US Environmental Protection Agency
US National Atmospheric Deposition Program

Mexico:

Mexico City Pollution Data
Mexico City Ambient Air Quality
Baja California Air Quality
Instituto Nacional de Ecologica

 

Pollution sources

Manufacturers in these countries are required to monitor and report air pollution emissions to the government. You can use this site to determine the polluters that are immediately upwind of your project and whether they are emitting potentially corrosive substances. Pollution source data can sometimes be more valuable than general air pollution data when assessing a site, particularly if it adjoins or is downwind of heavy industry.

Canada:

Environment Canada

United States:

US Environmental Protection Agency

 

Acid rain

Canada:

Environment Canada

United States:

National Atmospheric Deposition Program
USGS (United States Geological Survey)