An Inside Look at how NASA Measures Air Pollution [Introductory]

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Would you like to learn how to access and visualize NASA satellite imagery? With the world’s eyes and media coverage turned to recent global changes in air pollution from the economic downturn, this two-part webinar series provides a primer for the novice and a good refresher course for all others. You will learn which pollutants can be measured from space, how satellites make these measurements, the do’s and don’ts in interpreting satellite data, and how to download and create your own visualizations.

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

  • List the pollutants that can be observed by NASA satellites
  • Find and download imagery for NO2 and aerosols/particles
  • Describe the capabilities and limitations of NASA NO2 and aerosol measurements

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Remote Sensing (recommended but not required)

Part One: Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)
• What is NO2?
• NASA Remote Sensing Basics
• Interpreting NO2 Imagery: Dos and Don’ts
• Downloading Data and Creating Imagery

Part Two: Particulate Matter (Aerosols)
• What are Aerosols?
• Interpreting Aerosol Imagery: Dos and Don’ts
• A Tour of NASA Resources for Generating Your Own Visualizations

Each part of 2 includes links to the recordings, presentation slides,  and Question & Answer Transcripts.

Authoring Person(s) Name: 
Melanie Follette-Cook
Ana Prados
Pawan Gupta
Authoring Organization(s) Name: 
NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET)
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Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic - CC BY 2.0
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No fee
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Air quality data
Climate data
Data analysis
Environmental change records
Environmental management
Geospatial data
Remote sensing
Satellite imagery
User guides for Earth science data
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Education: Science and Mathematics Education
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Earth Sciences
Physical Sciences and Mathematics: Environmental Sciences
Published / Broadcast: 
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET)
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Contact Person(s): 
Brock Blevins
Contact Organization(s): 
NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET)
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Professional Development - increasing knowledge and capabilities related to managing the data produced, used or re-used, curated and/or archived.
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Citizen scientist
Data policymaker
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Early-career research scientist
Graduate student
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Undergraduate student
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More than 1 hour (but less than 1 day)