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Air Quality & Health Stakeholder Engagement

NASA's Applied Sciences Program (ASP) sponsors a number of efforts to facilitate the use of NASA satellite data and computer models by the various stakeholder communities, such as air quality, health, disasters, and food security. One of these efforts is the Health & Air Quality Applied Sciences Team (HAQAST), which has enabled many projects. Here we list just a few projects that have been enabled, at least in part, by HAQAST members. Visit the HAQAST website to learn of many other projects.

  • Global AQ Monitoring Network: How can various technologies (e.g., global air quality modeling, low-cost sensors, satellite data) be used in a comprehensive global monitoring network for air pollution?
  • DoI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM):  Can satellite data be used to monitor offshore air quality over areas of oil and natural gas extraction activities?
  • NAAQS State Implementation Plans (SIPS): Easy-to-follow technical guidance documents that outline examples for state and local air quality agencies seeking to incorporate NASA and other satellite data into SIPs. Applications include documentation of emission and ozone chemistry patterns and trends, exceptional events, and model evaluation.
  • Haze/Visibility Planning: Using satellite data for regional haze/visibility planning.
  • U.S. Air Quality Trends: Are air pollution regulations improving U.S. air quality and improving human health? Yes!  Access a collection of free, publicly-available and downloadable resources (e.g., informational fact sheet, visualizations, summaries, etc.) to aid health and air quality managers to demonstrate the successes of environmental regulations on improving air quality.
  • Annual PM2.5 in New York State: Surface PM2.5 inferred from satellite data over New York for 2002 to 2012.

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