ARSET: Air Quality

The goal of the NASA Applied Remote SEnsing Training (ARSET) air quality project is to increase the utility of NASA earth science and model data for policy makers, regulatory agencies, and other applied science professionals in the area of air quality applications. The two main activities of this project are:

   - Provide in-person and on-line courses, workshops and other capacity building activities throughout the year.
   - Disseminate via this web page course materials and other information to enable training in applied air quality and remote sensing.

Project courses are a combination of lectures and computer hands-on activities that teach professionals how to access, interpret, and apply NASA aerosol and trace gas data at regional and global scales with an emphasis on case studies. Course topics include:

  • Case Studies in air quality analysis tailored to end-user needs, such as urban air pollution, dust, and fires.
  • Satellite aerosol and trace gas products, their application and relationship to in-situ monitor data.
  • Long Range Transport of atmospheric aerosols (or particulate matter) and trace gases.
  • Satellite and regional air quality model comparisons.

Skills taught include:

  • Search, access, and download of NASA data products and imagery
  • Appropriate use and interpretation of satellite imagery.
  • Visualization and analysis of NASA imagery using NASA, EPA, and NOAA webtools and other resources such as Google Earth, Panoply, RSIG, HDFLook, and MISRView.


In-Person Training Courses

Courses are designed at a level appropriate for professionals new to remote sensing. In person courses are genrally held at locations throughout the U.S. and Canada and infrequently in international venues.  We typically work with a host organization to create a training workshop.  The host organization provides the venue for the training and the computer facilities.  We work with the host organization and other groups within their geographical region to tailor our curriculum and exercises to the needs of the projected attendies.   Personnel from the host are given priority when registering for the course.   Course enrollment is generally capped at 25 but may exceed that under special circumstances.  ARSET does not charge for any of its courses. We permit host organizations to charge fees in order to cover their costs for facilities and other incidental expenses. Most frequently courses are free for all participants.

NASA ARSET air quality courses for specific applied topics are also offered for those who already have a basic knowledge of air quality remote sensing products or who have attended our four day introductory course.

Materials from our in person courses, including schedules from past  workshops, can be found in our  Past Courses & Archive page.

Webinar Courses

ARSET offers an introductory webinar series three to four times a year.   It is open to anyone with some background in the physical sciences.  Priority registration is given to those who will be attending one of our in-person training courses.  For more information please go to the Webinars section of our website.

If you would like more information about any of the activities and materials available on this site or to obtain more information about hosting a training please contact:

ARSET is sponsored by the Applied Sciences Program in NASA's Earth Sciences Division.  We would like to thank Nancy Searby, Applied Sciences' Capacity Builiding Program Manager for her support of this project.

ARSET Email Alerts

If you would like to be informed of new materials and upcoming workshops please sign up for our list serv.

Scheduled Trainings

This course will begin on March 19th and will run for five weeks through April 16thm 2014.  Sessions will begin at 4:30 PM - Indian Standard Time  (7:00 AM EST) on the Wednesday of each week. Each session runs for about 1 hour.

To register for the course - click here For additional information please contact Pawan Gupta