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Introduction to Satellite Remote Sensing for Air Quality Applications

(L to R) Haze over a city, haze on the eastern US, NASA Earth observing satellites, and PM2.5 map

This introductory webinar series provides a brief overview of some of the fundamentals essential to understanding the remote sensing process, data products, and their use in air quality applications. Completion of this training is a requirement for anyone wishing to attend one of the upcoming air quality in-person workshops (including NASA Earth Observations, Data and Tools for Air Quality Applications and The Practical Use of Satellite Observations for Visibility and Air Quality Analysis). This training is specifically targeted at participants of the upcoming in-person workshops at the 17th IUAPPA World Clean Air Congress and the 9th CAA Better Air Quality Conference and the Atmospheric Optics: Aerosols, Visibility and the Radiative Balance Conference.

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be:

  • able to understand some of the basics of satellite remote sensing of aerosols and trace gases,

  • able to access limited satellite images and data using online tools, and

  • more familiar with remote sensing terminology, which will be helpful for the in-person training.

Course Format: 

This training requires no previous experience in remote sensing.


National and international entities involved in air quality management and professionals interested in implementing satellite capabilities for decision support activities.

Registration Information: 

This webinar is free, but you must register to view recordings. 

Session One: Overview of Webinar Series, ARSET, and an Introduction to Satellite Remote Sensing

An overview of the ARSET program, this course, fundamentals of remote sensing, active and passive sensors, satellite orbits, and spatial, spectral, radiometric, and temporal resolution.  View the recording »

Session Two: Fundamentals of Remote Sensing Imagery and Tools to Access

An overview of satellite imagery, true and false color images, feature identification, and accessing near real-time satellite imagery through Worldview. View the recording »

Session Three: NASA Aerosol Products for Particulate Matter Air Quality

Defining remote sensing of aerosols, ground-based remote sensing of aerosols, NASA satellite aerosol products, and aerosol products as a surrogate for PM2.5. View the recording »

Session Four: NASA Trace Gas Products

Background information on trace gas detection and products and downloading and analyzing Level 3 NO2, SO2 and CO products. View the recording »

Session Five: Future Satellite Capabilities for Air Quality Monitoring and Review

An example of a geostationary aerosol product, future satellite capabilities for air quality monitoring, a review of the course, upcoming training opportunities, and a final question and answer session. View the recording »

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