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Satellite Remote Sensing of Air Quality

Host: 
University of California, Riverside, in partnership with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)
Location: 
Riverside, CA 92521
Date: 
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 to Thursday, September 21, 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 will outline the applications of NASA resources to decision-making activities as they relate to air quality forecasting, including image interpretation and data access for inclusion in modeling efforts. Through a mixture of lectures and hands-on exercises, attendees will be introduced to aerosol and trace gas data from MODIS, MISR, OMI, and VIIRS, as well as the associated online tools for visualizing and acquiring data. To conclude the training, participants will incorporate all data portals, visualization tools, and relevant data in a case study that allows them to identify, track, and measure air quality events of their choosing.

The training will be hosted at the University of California, Riverside, in partnership with SCAQMD.

Course Objective: 

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

  • access satellite data through satellite products and online visualization tools, including Worldview and Giovanni
  • understand the strengths and weaknesses of discussed satellite data products
  • access satellite data through data portals and visualization tools
  • identify, track, and measure an air quality event
Course Format: 

NASA satellite data has wide applications across the field of air quality management, including such items as air quality forecasting, fire and smoke detection, and PM2.5 monitoring. The Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) will use a mixture of lectures and hands-on exercises to introduce concepts such as aerosol and trace gas data from MODIS, MISR, OMI, and VIIRS, and the associated online tools for visualizing and acquiring data. The training will conclude with a case study that will incorporate all data portals, visualization tools, and relevant data in the tracking of an air quality event of the student’s choice.

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Prerequisites: 
Audience: 

This training is primarily intended for air quality professionals and decision makers from local, state, and federal agencies, NGOs, and the private sector.

Registration Information: 

Registration is now closed. Attendees that have been selected will receive an email with further information. 

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

Current and Future Satellite Capabilities for Air Quality Monitoring: An Overview

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

Fundamentals of Remote Sensing

Satellite Based Fire Products: Methods, Data Access, and Applications

Session Two: Satellite-Based Emission Datasets

Smoke Monitoring from Space

Aerosol Observations from Satellites: Brief Theory & Existing Products

Estimation of Emissions from Satellites: Fires

Remote Sensing of Trace Gases

Session Three: Satellite Data, Tools, and Applications

Validation and Evaluation of Satellite-Based Aerosol Optical Depth

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

Conversion of Satellite Aerosol Measurements to PM2.5 Air Quality

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

Reading and Mapping MODIS Level 2 Aerosol and PM2.5 Datasets (Panoply/Python)

Overview of CALIPSO and CATS

Session Five: Satellite Based Fire and Emissions Products
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