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Introductory Webinar: An Inside Look at how NASA Measures Air Pollution

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May 26, 2020. May 28, 2020.

Would you like to learn how to access and visualize NASA satellite imagery? With the world’s eyes and media coverage turned to recent global changes in air pollution from the economic downturn, this two-part webinar series provides a primer for the novice, and a good refresher course for all others. You will learn which pollutants can be measured from space, how satellites make these measurements, the do’s and don’ts in interpreting satellite data, and how to download and create your own visualizations.

Learning Objectives: 

By the end of this training, attendees will be able to:

  • List the pollutants that can be observed by NASA satellites
  • Find and download imagery for NO2 and aerosols/particles
  • Describe the capabilities and limitations of NASA NO2 and aerosol measurements

Fundamentals of Remote Sensing (recommended but not required)


Members of the public, journalists, meteorologists, and others new to remote sensing.

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This training was also delivered in Spanish 

Course Agenda: 
Part 1: Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)
  • What is NO2?
  • NASA Remote Sensing Basics
  • Interpreting NO2 Imagery: Dos and Don'ts
  • Downloading Data and Creating Imagery


Part 2: Particulate Matter (Aerosols)
  • What are Aerosols?
  • Interpreting Aerosol Imagery: Dos and Don'ts
  • A Tour of NASA Resources for Generating Your Own Visualizations


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