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NASA Air Quality Remote Sensing Training for SESARM & GEPD

7th floor training room (710-02), Georgia Technology Authority, 47 Trinity Avenue SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Date Range: 
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 to Thursday, September 3, 2015

In collaboration with the Southeastern States Air Resource Managers (SESARM) Inc. and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GEPD), ARSET provided a 2.5 day, hands-on training focused on satellite aerosols, trace gas data, and applications for air quality monitoring in the Southeastern United States. The workshop detailed the application of NASA resources to decision-making activities as they relate to air quality forecasting, smoke, fire and PM2.5 monitoring, image interpretation and data access for inclusion in modeling efforts. Specific data products, tools and topics will include:

  • Aerosol data  
    • MODIS
    • ​MISR
    • OMI
    • VIIRS
  • Giovanni
  • LAADSWeb
  • AEROSTAT validation analysis
  • IDEA online tool for PM2.5 estimations
  • Level 2 data visualization and processing
  • Access to trace gas data products of CO, SO2 and NO2

An air quality case study concluded the training.

Course Objective: 

Participants will be able to incorporate data portals, visualization tools and data to properly identify, track and measure air quality events of their choosing, as well as assess the strengths and weaknesses of the data products.


No previous remote sensing experience is required. 


This training is primarily intended for applied science professionals and decision makers in the Southeast from local, state and federal agencies, NGOs and the private sector.

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

Introduction and Logistics

Current and Future Satellite Capabilities for Air Quality Monitoring - an Overview

Satellite Imagery, Access, Interpretation and Tools 

Aerosol Observations from Satellites - Brief Theory & Existing Products

Exploring and ordering satellite data with the Giovanni and LAADSweb tool

Session Two: Exploring MODIS Level 2 Aerosol Data Sets

Evaluation of Aerosol Products Using the Aerostat/MAPPS Tool: Learning More About MODIS 3km, 10km, Level 2 Data Sets, Limitations and Uncertainties

Hands-on MODIS 3km and 10km Data Sets Using Python. Looking Inside Level 2 Aerosol Data Files, Reading and Mapping

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

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

Conversion of Satellite Aerosol Measurements to PM2.5 Air Quality: Introduction to IDEA/EPA

Satellite Aerosol Measurements to PM2.5 Conversion Activity Using Excel, IDL and Python

Session Four: Additional Aerosols, Smoke, Dust and Trace Gas Data Sets

Satellite Trace Gas Products: NO2, SO2, CO and Others. Advantages, Limitations and Potential Applications

Exploring Trace Gas Data Sets Using Online Tools: Ordering, Details, GIOVANNI

Smoke, Fire and Dust Detection, Products and Applications

Resolving the Vertical Resolution of Aerosols - LIDAR, CALIPSO

Air Quality Case Study Orientation & Grouping

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