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The Practical Use of Satellite Observations for Visibility and Air Quality Analysis

Air & Waste Management Association
Jackson Hole, WY
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Monday, September 26, 2016

This course will provide an overview of satellite data and its application in visibility and air quality data analysis. The focus will be on understanding what present satellite measurements can and can't provide, and how to use them. In addition to an overview of satellite data and terminology, we will explore common and achievable uses for satellite data in air quality analysis through a series of case studies. This course will also cover current methods for discovering, acquiring and processing satellite data.


  • Pawan Gupta, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
  • Sean Raffuse, University of California Davis, Davis, CA
Course Objective: 

Attendees will be able to access and analyze NASA satellite imagery for applications in events, trends, long-range transport, and spatial context.

Course Format: 

A full-day course held at the Atmospheric Optics: Aerosols, Visibility, and the Radiative Balance conference September 27-30, 2016, in Jackson Hole, WY.

Course Agenda: 
Morning Session: Introduction & First Exposure to Satellite Air Quality Measurements

8:00 - 8:15: Introduction & Logistics

8:15 - 9:00: Satellite Capabilities for Air Quality Monitoring: An Overview.

9:00 - 9:45: Satellite Imagery Access, Interpretation, and Tools for Dust, Smoke, and Pollution

9:45 - 10:30: Satellite Observed Air Quality Data Availability Parameters, Strengths, and Weaknesses

10:30 - 10:45: Break

10:45 - 11:00: Satellite Data Download and Validation

11:00 - 12:00: Application of Satellite Aerosol Data for PM2.5 Estimations

12:00 - 1:00: Lunch Break

Afternoon Session: Working with Data and Air Quality Case Study Analysis

1:00 - 2:00: Reading, Mapping, and Analyzing MODIS Aerosols Data Sets

2:00 - 3:00: Practical Use of Satellites to Address Air Quality Applications

3:00 - 4:30: Case Study Analysis in Groups with an Information Break

4:30 - 5:00: Survey and Exam

5:00: Adjourn


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