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NASA Remote Sensing for Air Quality Applications

The Indonesian Agency for Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics (BMKG), and the U.S. Embassy, Jakarta
BMKG Headquarters, Jalan Angkasa I, No.2, Kemayoran, Jakarta, Indonesia
Date Range: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 to Friday, March 23, 2018

NASA satellite data can be used for a variety of applications, including air quality forecasting, smoke and fire detection, PM2.5 monitoring, and modeling. This training will cover 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, will be followed by an air quality case study. Participants will have the opportunity to use available data portals and visualization tools to identify, track, and measure air quality events of their choosing. This training will be held in partnership with the Indonesian Agency for Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics (BMKG) and the U.S. Embassy, Jakarta. NASA ARSET, BMKG and the U.S. Embassy does not provide any financial support (including travel, logistics, food, etc.) to participants for attending the training.

Course Objective: 

By the end of this training, attendees will be 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
  • Incorporate NASA Earth observation data into modeling efforts
Course Format: 
  • Three and a half day training
    • March 20-23, 2018
  • Held at BMKG Headquarters, Jalan Angkasa I, No.2, Kemayoran, Jakarta, Indonesia

IT & Computer Requirements

Each participant must come with a laptop computer with the capability to connect to the internet using WiFi. 

ARSET asks that attendees download the necessary software: 

  1. Microsoft Office (or similar software): Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  2. Internet Browser: Chrome (preferred), Firefox, or Safari
  3. Google Earth: free version available at:
  4. Latest Version of Java: available from
  5. Adobe Reader (or similar software to open and read PDF files): Adobe Reader is available at:
  6. Python 2.7
  7. Panoply: available at:

Download detailed instructions here »


It is suggested that you view Session 1 of Fundamentals of Remote Sensing to familiarize yourself.


NASA ARSET trainings are primarily intended for air quality professionals and decision makers from local, state, and federal agencies, NGOs, and the private sector.

Registration Information: 

All participants must register to participate in the training. While there is no registration fee associated with the training, ARSET does not provide financial support (including travel, logistics, food, etc.).

Registration is now closed.

Course Agenda: 
Day 1

Overview of the Indonesian Air Quality Monitoring Program and Future Directions

Introduction of ARSET Program and Overview of Satellite Capabilities for Air Quality Monitoring 

Fundamentals of Satellite Remote Sensing

Satellite Data Products, Levels, and Format

Satellite Imagery of Dust, Smoke, and Pollution: Access, Interpretation, and Tools

Level 2 Aerosol Products: Data Access

Level 3 Aerosol Products: Data Access & Analysis

Day 2

Satellite Aerosol Products: Evaluation, Applications, and Limitations

Explore Level 2 MODIS Aerosol Data (10 km and 3 km)

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

Reading and Mapping MODIS Level 2 Aerosol Datasets & PM2.5

Conversion of Satellite Aerosol Measurements to PM2.5 Air Quality

Satellite-Based PM2.5 Datasets and Access

Day 3

Satellite-Based Fire Products

Satellite Remote Sensing of Trace Gases

Trace Gas Data Access, Tools, & Analysis


Near Real-Time (NRT) Volcanic SO2, Himawari, and the MERRA-2 Reanalysis

Future Satellite Missions for Air Quality Monitoring

Air Quality Case Study Groups and Discussion

Day 4

Case Study Presentations

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