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Satellite Remote Sensing of Dust, Fires, Smoke, and Air Quality

Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach, Washington State University
Room 202, PACCAR Environmental Technology Building, 2001 Grimes Way, Pullman, WA 99164
Date Range: 
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 to Thursday, July 12, 2018
08:30 - 17:30 PDT

In August 2017, Washington state registered as having the worst air quality in the U.S. as a result of smoke1. Fires, smoke, and dust can all contribute to poor air quality that can affect vulnerable populations. NASA satellite data can be used to model, monitor, and track regional air quality. This training will help attendees become familiar with available satellite data, products, and tools, and how to apply them to identify, track, and measure an air quality event. This training is hosted in partnership with the U.S. EPA - Region 10, Seattle, WA, and the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Seattle, WA

1Dept of Ecology, Washington State

Course Objective: 

By the end of this training, attendees will be able to:

  • Evaluate an air quality event in a case study, incorporating data portals, visualization tools, and satellite data
  • Describe specific data products and online tools, as well as their applications, including data from MODIS, OMI, VIIRS, CALIPSO, GOES-16, Worldview, IDEA, and Giovanni
  • Describe the strengths and weaknesses of the data products and tools discussed

Introduction to Satellite Remote Sensing for Air Quality

IT & Computer Requirements

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

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:

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This training is primarily intended for air quality professionals and decision makers from local, state, tribal, and federal agencies, NGOs, and the private sector. Governmental and non-governmental organizations engaged in air quality monitoring will be given preference over organizations focused primarily on research.

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.). Submitting an application at the link below does not confirm a slot in the training. Each application will be reviewed and only selected participants will be able to attend the training.

Location Information:

The training will be located in Room 202 of the PACCAR Environmental Technology Building. The room is accessible either by the main stairs or by the elevators to the left of the entrance. Water fountains, soda and snack machines, and restrooms are all available on the second floor as well.

Parking Information:

Visitors can purchase day parking passes from WSU Transportation Services. The closest lot to the building is Green-1 ($6.94/day). There is also a Yellow-4 lot ($3.63/day) within a 5 minute walk from PACCAR. Campus Parking Map »

Lodging Information:

WSU recommends three hotels nearby campus to visitors: 

Residence Inn by Marriott: 1255 NE North Fairway Rd, Pullman, WA 99163 | (509) 332-4400
The Residence Inn is located on the WSU campus and is approximately 1.8 km away from the PACCAR building. This facility offers shuttle service to and from the Moscow-Pullman Regional Airport, free high-speed wi-fi, and complimentary breakfasts.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites: 1190 SE Bishop Blvd, Pullman, WA 99163 | (509) 334-4437
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites is located off-campus, about 2.5 km from the PACCAR building. This hotel offers shuttle service to and from the Moscow-Pullman Regional Airport, and to WSU campus, free high-speed wi-fi, and complimentary breakfasts.

Quality Inn at Paradise Creek: 1400 Bishop Blvd., Pullman, WA 99163 | (509) 332-0500
The Quality Inn is located off-campus approximately 1.9 km away from the PACCAR building. This facility offers shuttle service to and from the Moscow-Pullman Regional Airport, free high-speed wi-fi, and complimentary breakfasts.

Course Agenda: 
Day One: July 10
Day Two: July 11
Day Three: July 12

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