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Host: U.S. EPA, in partnership with the NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET).

Instructors: Melanie Follette-Cook, Pawan Gupta, Carl Malings, Sarah Strode

This is an in-person training to be held March 21-23, 2023, in Triangle Park, Raleigh-Durham, NC.

This training will cover the applications of Earth observations for decision making activities. Lectures & exercises will highlight applications related to air quality monitoring, forecasting, smoke, fire, PM2.5 monitoring, image interpretation, and data access for modeling efforts. To conclude the training, participants will complete a case study that incorporates all data portals, tools, and relevant data. Participants will apply this to properly identify, track, and measure air quality events of their choosing. This will also allow them to assess the strengths and weaknesses of these data products.

There is no registration fee, but ARSET does not provide support for transportation, housing, or any other logistics.


AgendaComputer and software Requirements Data and Scripts Case Study Document

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(2023). ARSET - NASA Air Quality-Focused Remote Sensing for EPA Applications. NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET).

Air quality and Health professionals and decision makers from local, state, and federal agencies, NGOS, and the private sector. Training participants will be selected through a registration/application process and priority may be given to applied end users.

Day 1 (Tuesday, March 21)

Part 1: Introduction to Satellite Air Quality Measurements & Tools

8:00-8:30 - Registration

8:30-9:00 - Opening, Introductions, & Logistics

9:00-9:30 - Review of Current EPA Satellite Applications

9:30-10:00 - Introduction to Satellite Remote Sensing

10:00-10:30 - Satellite Imagery, Data Formats, and Access

10:30-10:45 - Break

10:45-11:15 - Exploring Satellite Imagery Using NASA Worldview & Giovanni

11:15-12:00 - Introduction to GEO sensors and exploring Aerosol Watch

12:00-1:00 - Lunch

Part 2: Fires, Smoke, and Trace Gases

1:00-2:15 - Satellite-Based Fire Products: Methods, Data Access, and Applications

2:15-2:45 - Smoke Monitoring from Space

2:45-3:00 - Break

3:00-4:00 - Remote Sensing of Trace Gases and Products

4:00-4:45 - Trace Gases Data Access & Visualization

4:45-5:00 - Review & Discussion

Presentation Slides:

Day 2 (Wednesday, March 22)

Part 3: Estimation of Ground Level PM2.5 Concentrations with Satellite Data

8:30-9:00 - Q&A and Review of Day 1

9:00-10:00 - Aerosol Observations from Satellites: Theory & Existing Products

10:00-10:15 - Download Level 2 Aerosol Data

10:15-10:30 - Break

10:30-11:30 - Theoretical Basis for Converting Satellite Observations to Ground- Level PM2.5 Concentrations

11:30-12:00 - Conversion of Satellite Aerosol Measurements to PM2.5 Air Quality

12:00-1:00 - Lunch

1:00-2:00 - Using Python Scripts to Read, Map, and Extract Aerosol Data

Part 4: Satellite-Based Emissions and NASA GEOS

2:00-3:00 - Aerosol Products from Geostationary Satellites

3:00-3:15 - Break

3:15-3:45 - Satellite-Based PM2.5 Datasets

3:45-4:45 - Satellite-Based Estimations of Trace Gas Surface Concentrations/ Emissions

4:45-5:00 - Review & Discussion

Presentation Slides:

Day 3 (Thursday, March 23)

Part 4: Satellite-Based Emissions and NASA GEOS

8:30-9:00 - Q&A and Review of Days 1 & 2

9:00-10:00 - NASA Forecasts and the MERRA-2 Reanalysis

10:00-10:15 - Break

10:15-11:15 - RSIG

11:15-12:00 - Capstone Notebook

12:00-1:00 - Lunch

Part 5: Case Study Analysis

1:00-1:30 - Tools and Resources for Case Studies

1:30-3:30 - Case Study Analysis in Groups

3:30-3:45 - Break

3:45-4:45 - Case Study Presentations and Discussion

4:45-5:00 - Training Review & Feedback

Presentation Slides:

Case Study Document


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