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The Health & Air Quality Applications area encourages the use of Earth observations in air quality management and public health, particularly involving environmental health and infectious diseases. The area addresses issues of toxic and pathogenic exposure and health-related hazards and their effects for risk characterization and mitigation. The area promotes uses of Earth observations data and models regarding implementation of air quality standards, policy, and regulations for economic and human welfare. The area also addresses effects of climate change on air quality and public health to support managers, policy makers, and ultimately the public with health-related decisions and actions.

PORTFOLIO

  • Using remote sensing and environmental data to quantify social vulnerabilities to heat stress and strengthen Environmental Public Health Tracking and heat mitigation efforts
  • An Early Warning System for Vector-borne Disease Risk in the Amazon
  • Improving the Representation of Physical Atmosphere in Air Quality Decision Support Systems Used for Emissions Control Strategy Development
  • Chemical Data Assimilation and Analog-Based Uncertainty Quantification to Improve Decision-Making in Public Health and Air Quality
  • A Multi-Sensor Remote Sensing Approach to Predict Cholera
  • Enhanced data-driven decision support for highly invasive vectors
  • An Early Warning System for Human West Nile Virus Disease
  • Downwind of the Flames: Assessing and predicting wildfire smote related morbidity using satellites, in-situ measurements and models
  • Evaluate and Enhance Suomi NPP Products for Air Quality and Public Health Applications
  • Improving Forecasts of Respiratory Illness Hazards from Gulf of Mexico Red Tides
  • Improving Satellite Aerosol Remote Sensing Data for
  • Membership Application for the NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team:
  • Improving Operational Regional Air Quality Forecasting Performance through Emissions Correction Using NASA Satellite Retrievals and Surface Measurements
  • Using remote sensing and adjoint modeling for integration of climate impacts into design of ozone and aerosol control strategies
  • Evaluate, Enhance, and Apply Aura Products in Public Health Tracking
  • Application and Evaluation of Remotely Sensed Data with Models and in situ Measurements: S02 and Other Trace Species over the Eastern US and China
  • Aura Chemical Reanalysis in support of Air Quality Applications
  • Air Quality Applied Sciences Team: Opportunities to inform attainment planning
  • NASA Air Quality Team Member/Leader Proposal: Optimizing Air Quality Forecasts with NASA Observations and Economic Data
  • Team Member Richard McNider Physical Atmosphere
  • REgional Indicators of daily-to-yearly variability in background ozone to inform air quality standard-setting and decision-making.
  • Quantitative integration of satellite observations and air quality models driven by detailed analysis of observability
  • Membership of David Streets on the Air Quality Applied Sciences Team for Emissions and Emission Inventory Evaluation and Improvement Using Advanced Earth System Tools
  • Air Quality Applied Sciences Team Membership
  • Air Quality Applied Sciences Team: Integrating satellite observations of tropospheric pollutants
  • Improving Air Quality Analysis Through a Closer Integration of Observations and Models
  • STUDIES OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SATELLITE-DERIVED TRACE GAS MEASUREMENTS AND SURFACE OBSERVATIONS: A PROPOSAL FOR MEMBERSHIP
  • Application of OMI Observations to a Space-
  • Inverse Modeling and Attainment Analysis for Improved Decision Support of PM2.5 Air Quality Regulations
  • Evaluate and Enhance the VIIRS Aerosol EDRs for Air Quality and Public Health Applications
  • Integration of Airborne Dust Prediction Systems and Vegetation Phenology to Track Pollen for Asthma Alerts in Public Health Decision Support Systems
  • Incorporating Space-borne Measurements to Improve Air Quality Decision Support Systems
  • Linking NASA Environmental Data with a National Public Health Cohort Study to Enhance Public Health Decision Making
  • Linking NASA Satellite Data and Science to Enhance Fire Emissions within EPAs National Emissions Inventory: Developing Agricultural/Rangeland Fire Estimates, Connecting Models to Plume Injection Height Data, and Verifying Modeled Emissions Estimates.
  • Monitoring and Forecasting Cyanobacterial Blooms for Public Health Protection and Response
  • NASA and NAAPS products for AQ decision-making
  • Nested global and regional air quality forecasting, trace gas and aerosol satellite data assimilation, satellite visibility retrieval, stratospheric intrusions.
  • Regional air quality and chemical climate; rapid response meso-beta and -gamma scale AQ forecasting for health hazard events; satellite observation of wildfire smoke and dust storm sources and transpo
  • Sustaining and Extending the Use of Earth Observations within EPA and the Larger Air Quality Community
  • Improve EPAs AIRNow Air Quality Index Maps with NASA Satellite Data
  • Feasibility Study of Satellite-Assisted Detection and Forecasting of Oyster Norovirus Outbreak
  • Air Pollution over the Eastern US: Integration of AURA/OMI NO2 and SO2, Aircraft, and Ground-Based Observations with Numerical Models
  • Nighttime Tropospheric Ozone Impacts and Relationship to Air Quality
  • Using NASA Satellite Aerosol Optical Depth Data to Create Representative PM2.5 Fields for Use in Human Health and Epidemiology Studies in Support of State and National Environmental Public Health Trac
  • Reducing uncertainties in national smoke emissions modeling as applied in the BlueSky Framework: dead and live fuel moisture, plume rise, and heat release
  • Integrating Earth observations and satellite telemetry of wild birds for decision support system of avian influenza
  • Using NASA Data and Models to Improve Heat Watch Warning Systems for Decision Support (ROSES 2008)
  • Development of a Detection and Early Warning System for Malaria Risk in the Amazon
  • Enhanced Forecasting of Mosquito-Borne Disease Outbreaks Using AMSR-E
  • Enhancing Environmental Public Health Tracking with Satellite-Driven Particle Exposure Modeling and Epidemiology
  • Investigating the Potential Range Expansion of the Vector Mosquito Aedes aegypti in Mexico with NASA Earth Science Remote Sensing Results
  • Modeling Global Influenza Risks using NASA Data
  • Internet-based Heat Evaluation and Assessment Tool (I-HEAT) Feasibility Study
  • Influence of land-use and precipitation on regional hydrology and public health
  • Predicting Zoonotic Hemorrhagic Fever Events in Sub-Saharan Africa using NASA Earth Science Data for DoD Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System
  • Improving Decision-Making Activities for malaria and Meningitis Risk Mapping-Integration of NASA Products / Platforms (SERVIR) and UN WHO-OpenHealth
  • Impact of NASA Satellite Data and Models on U.S. Coast Guard's Decision Support Tool for Search and Rescue in the Northeastern Pacific Ocean
  • Using NASA remote sensing data in an Air Quality Modeling Decision Support System to improve land surface characterization and to develop more robust performance evaluation methods
  • Adding NASA Earth Science Results to EPHTN via the NM/EPHT System
  • AMS-Wildfire data in Operational Fire and Smoke Applications
  • Application of NASA Satellite Measurements and Aerosol Modeling Technology to Enhance the Nation's Environmental Forecasting Capability
  • Application of NASA Data to Develop an Influenza Forecasting System
  • Improving an Air Quality Decision Support System through the Integration of Satellite Data with Ground-based, Modeled, and Emissions Data
  • Dynamic Updating of Emissions by Systematic Integration of Bottom-Up Activities and Satellite-Based Top-Down Constraints to Support Air Quality Forecasting and Analysis
  • Monitoring Air Quality Effects of Anthropogenic Emissions Reductions and Estimating Emissions from Natural Sources
  • NASA Lightning Results for Improving the CMAQ Decision Tool
  • Avian Influenza Risk Prediction in Southeast Asia and Early Warning of Pandemic Influenza
  • Using Satellite Data to Develop Environmental Indicators: An Application of NASA Data Products to Support High Level Decisions for National and International Environmental Protection
  • Satellite and Model Assisted Accountability Research to Support Clean Air Interstate Rule SmartCAIR
  • Reconciliation between the MODIS active fires and burned area products for improved biomass burned and uncertainty estimation.
  • Environmental factors and population dynamics as determinants of meningococcal meningitis epidemics in the Sahel: an investigation of NASA and NOAA products
  • Feasibilityibility of Development and Deployment into Public Health Decision Support systems of a Multi-resolution Nested Dust Forecast System Enabled by Open Standards Based Model and Data Interoperability
  • Towards Predictive/Operational Assessment of Beach Closures Using Remotely Sensed Data
  • Use of Satellite Data to Improve the Physical Atmosphere in SIP Decision Making Models
  • Assimilating AURA-derived Trace Gas Retrievals into an Operational Multipollutant Ensemble Air Quality Forecast Decision Support System with a Focus on Ozone and Haze Prediction
  • A Comprehensive Regional Air Quality Decision Support System in the Pacific Northwest
  • Integration of Remote Sensing into Encephalitis Virus Intervention Decision Support Systems
  • Malaria Early Warning Products
  • Three-Dimensional Air Quality System (3D-AQS)
  • Enhancements to BlueSkyRAINS
  • Use of MODIS with Gulf of Mexico for air plumes.
  • Title Needed - CMAQ
  • Using remote sensing and environmental data to quantify social vulnerabilities to heat stress and strengthen Environmental Public Health Tracking and heat mitigation efforts

This is the best tool I have seen so far that integrates satellite data with information from ground monitors."
Cassie McMohan
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
“The satellite imagery is a very important tool to identify areas of interest and make sure that we go out there and we can respond to these public health threats—especially at a point when budgets are shrinking and we have to do more with less.”
Andrew Reich
Florida Department of Health
These data provide a useful addition to CDC WONDER, allowing public health researchers and policy makers to better include environmental exposure data in the context of other health data available in the CDC WONDER system.
Sigrid A. Economou
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
It’s the ‘next generation’ of thinking about how remote sensing technology can be used to identify and detect the prefactors for conditions that lead to disease emergence.
Captain Clara Witt
U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
The [project’s] risk map is a good alert forecasting tool of potential outbreaks [of Rift Valley fever].
Ken Linthicum
USDA Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology
WHO supports development of the [viral hemorrhagic fever] forecasting efforts that improve capacities of existing models to increase the period between a forecasting alert and an outbreak onset. The NASA risk maps are an important element towards this end.
Pierre Formenty
World Health Organization
Remotely sensed data can help other communities develop science-based regulatory strategies for addressing their unique air quality management issues.
Scott Beaver
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Satellite data help fill in gaps for the existing surface monitoring networks.
Scott Beaver
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
The NASA data helps us better understand what impact heat has on health.
Judith Qualters
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
… this [Applied Sciences] project helped ensure that EPA’s regulatory modeling system included the science critical for air quality management and better environmental decision making.
Rob Pinder
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
NASA’s AQAST offers a unique opportunity to provide additional technical analysis services for the air quality management community that complements air quality planning tools already in use.
Tom Moore
Western Governors Association (formerly)
The AQAST team’s expertise and ability to evaluate air quality issues using NASA data and tools, provides decision makers with results to improve air quality analysis and planning, and identifies new applications to help them better do their work.
Tom Moore
Western Governors Association (formerly)
This is the best tool I have seen so far that integrates satellite data with information from ground monitors.
Cassie McMahon
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
This [the satellite data] gives you more data than our monitoring network. You can’t ever have enough data.
James Kelly
Georgia Environmental Protection Division
The NASA-funded project is giving us an immense amount of understanding of the West Nile virus disease…
Lon Kightlinger
South Dakota Department of Health

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