Air Quality Remote Sensing Program
In support of NOAA's goals to operationally monitor and forecast air
quality, scientists from the Air Quality Remote Sensing Program
have already developed or plan to provide space-based remote sensing products from
operational satellites or non-NOAA
satellites. These products include GOES East
Aerosol and Smoke Product (GASP), Fuel Loading
Data and Fire PM2.5 Emissions as well as
integrating data from satellite, surface and model outputs
(3D Air Quality Mapping System). So far, most of these
products have operationally provided information for government agencies
and universities for monitoring and forecasting air pollutants, and also a
multiyear historical dataset of GOES
AOD has been developed for climate study.
As an example, our GASP AOD data have been used for
Air Quality Research in Texas and Gulf of Mexico.
Click this NOAA satellite image (at right) for a larger view of the
Aerosol Optical Depth taken at 10:15 a.m. EDT on Sept. 12, 2006.
Satellites are used to measure radiative effects of aerosols.