Atom Download Services

Defra's air quality Atom feeds provide users with a resource to download measurement data and metadata on assessment methods in open formats. The Atom feeds are aimed at users wishing to download larger volumes of data in a consistent format. The download formats and services conform with INSPIRE data and network service specifications for pre-defined downloads and are intended to support Defra and Devolved Administration commitments to INSPIRE and wider governmental Open Data strategies.

Air quality measurements data and metadata have been encoded in XML using the European Air Quality e-Reporting data model. Each download is encapsulated in an Atom feed which may be subscribed to (like an RSS feed) in order to receive notifications of updates.

The Atom feeds hosted at this location are an extension to existing systems used by the UK to fulfil its obligations to European Air Quality e-Reporting. View information on Air Quality e-Reporting and Defra's Air Quality Spatial Object Register.

Downloads have organised into four download service feeds covering;


Click on the hyperlinks provided to access the hosted download service feeds and either copy the URL of a feed to your preferred Atom feed reader to receive notifications of updates or download direct to your browser from your address bar.


Defra's Atom feeds are published under the Open Government Licence (OGL) and subject to the terms described in the "licence" or "constraints" of the OGL. Under the OGL you are free to:

  • copy, publish, distribute and transmit the information
  • adapt the information
  • exploit the information commercially and non-commercially for example, by combining it with other information, or by including it in your own product or application

You must, where you do any of the above, acknowledge Defra and as the source of the information by including the following attribution statement in reports, web pages or derived data products and, where possible, provide a link to the OGL licence.

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View more information on Atom service feeds as an INSPIRE download service.