Environmental Science Division (EVS)a Division of Argonne National Laboratory
Predictive environmental understanding

Estimating Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Concentrations and NOX Emissions by Applying Novel Methods to Satellite Data

Monday, December 17, 2018

Dr. Dan Goldberg
Argonne National Laboratory
Monday, December 17, 2018
1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Argonne National Laboratory
TCS Building 240
Room 4301

A constellation of NASA satellites orbiting Earth enables us to estimate air pollution in locations where there are no monitors. In this presentation, I will discuss new satellite instruments and algorithm improvements that greatly enhance our ability to monitor air pollution from space.

For example, we develop daily estimates of PM2.5 at 1 × 1 km2 spatial resolution throughout the eastern United States by combining satellite data with a geophysical chemical transport model, land-use data, and meteorology. In another example, I will show a technique utilizing satellite data to calculate emissions of NOX — a toxic pollutant and chemical participant in the creation of ground-level smog — from power plants and large urban areas using improved algorithms. Lastly, I will end with a discussion on the latest satellite instruments, and the future of observing air pollution from remote sensing instruments.

Dan Goldberg
Dan Goldberg [Source: Argonne National Laboratory]
portrait of V. Rao Kotamarthi