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Satellite Remote Sensing of Air Quality: Data, Tools and Applications

Host: 
Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Ministry of Earth Sciences
Location: 
Pune, India
Date: 
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 to Friday, May 26, 2017

NASA satellite data can be used for a variety of applications, including air quality forecasting, smoke and fire detection, and PM2.5 monitoring. This training covered the access and use of NASA resources for decision-making activities related to air quality. A presentation on relevant data products, as well as the online tools used to acquire and visualize aerosol and trace gas data, were followed by an air quality case study. Participants had the opportunity to use available data portals and visualization tools to identify, track, and measure air quality events of their choosing.

Course Objective: 

By the end of this training, attendees were able to: 

  • Become familiar with specific data products, including data from MODIS, MISR, OMI, VIIRS, and CALIPSO, and online tools, such as Worldview and Giovanni
  • Conduct a case study incorporating data portals, visualization tools, and satellite data to identify, track, and measure an air quality event
  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of the data products discussed
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Audience: 

Air quality professionals and decision makers from local, state, and federal agencies, NGOS, and the private sector. All participants must be located in India. 

Course Agenda: 
Session One: Introduction and First Exposure to Satellite Air Quality Measurements

Satellite Capabilities for Air Quality Monitoring: An Overview

Session Two: Satellite Imagery, Data Formats and Access

Satellite Imagery Access, Interpretation, and Tools for Dust, Smoke, and Pollution

Fundamentals of Satellite Remote Sensing

Satellite Data Products, Levels, and Formats

Exploring and Ordering Level 3 Satellite Data with the Giovanni Web Tool

Session Three: Satellite Aerosols Data, Tools and Applications

Download Level 2 Aerosol Products

Satellite Aerosol Products, Evaluation, Applications, and Limitations

Conversion of Satellite Aerosol Measurements to PM2.5 Air Quality (Excel exercise)

Theoretical Basis for Converting Satellite Observations to Ground-Level PM2.5 Concentrations

Session Four: Estimation of Ground Level PM2.5 Concentrations with Satellite Data

Reading and Mapping MODIS Level 2 Aerosol Data Set & PM2.5 (Panoply/Python)

Satellite Based PM2.5 Data Sets and Access

Session Five: Satellite Based Fire and Emissions Products

Capacity Building Activities at ISRO: Challenges and Opportunities

Indian Satellite Data for Air Quality Monitoring

Satellite Based Fires Products – Method, Data Access and Applications

Session Six: Trace Gas Products

Satellite Based Characterization of Emissions 

Satellite Remote Sensing of Trace Gases (NO2, SO2, CO)

Trace Gases Data Access, Tools and Analysis

Real Time Analysis of Product & Information Dissemination (RAPID) Based Satellite Products Visualization

Session Seven: Air Quality Case Studies by Participants

Additional Tools and Resources for Case Studies

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