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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.


  • Early Warning of Synoptic Air Quality Events to Improve Health and Well Being in the Greater Caribbean Region
  • Source-differentiated air quality system to safeguard the respiratory health of US military personnel deployed in Southwest Asia, Djibouti, and Afghanistan
  • Improving Malaria Decision Support with Earth Observations
  • Preparing Key State and Local Health and Air Quality Agencies for Upcoming Earth Observations
  • Satellite-aided regional dust forecasting for Valley fever surveillance, highway accident prevention, and air quality management in the SW United States
  • Using CrIS Ammonia Observations To Improve Decision Making on PM2.5 Control Policies
  • A Satellite Constrained Meteorological Modeling Platform for LADCO States SIP Development
  • From space to front porch: connecting Earth Observations to health outcomes with an environmental exposure modeling system
  • A Satellite-Based Global Health Air Quality Index (HAQI): Development and Assessment
  • Climate, Weather, Pollen, and Health: Quantifying Current and Future Risks
  • Facilitating the Integration and Adoption of Satellite Products for Decision Support during Wildland Fire Smoke Episodes
  • Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team: Using Science to Inform Management
  • HiRes-X: Scientific and Geographic Extension of an Operational High Resolution, Prognostic Air Quality System Providing Smoke Impacts Forecasts for Health Protection, Ecosystem Management and Economic
  • Membership Application for H-AQAST: Satellite Data for Health and Air Quality Applications Across Scales
  • Novel use of NASA data with emission data assimilation to support U.S. National Air Quality Forecasting Capability and WMO regional chemical reanalysis
  • Satellite-based products and tools to support quantification and attribution of background ozone
  • Satellite-Derived PM2.5 Grids with Dispersion Model Downscaling: PM2.5 Data to Support Community-Scale Air Quality Health Research and Policy Development
  • Source attribution using satellite products and models to inform air quality planning and health accountability
  • Spatiotemporal variability of ammonia through syntheses of in-situ-, ground-based, and remote sensing measurements
  • Supporting health impact assessment tools using remote sensing and earth system models
  • Using Earth Observations to Support Regional and National Environmental Health Surveillance
  • 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 Forecasts of Respiratory Illness Hazards from Gulf of Mexico Red Tides
  • 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
  • Evaluate, Enhance, and Apply Aura Products in Public Health Tracking
  • Aura Chemical Reanalysis in support of Air Quality Applications
  • Application and Evaluation of Remotely Sensed Data with Models and in situ Measurements: S02 and Other Trace Species over the Eastern US and China
  • REgional Indicators of daily-to-yearly variability in background ozone to inform air quality standard-setting and decision-making.
  • Team Member Richard McNider Physical Atmosphere
  • 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
  • Air Pollution over the Eastern US: Integration of AURA/OMI NO2 and SO2, Aircraft, and Ground-Based Observations with Numerical Models
  • Evaluate and Enhance the VIIRS Aerosol EDRs for Air Quality and Public Health Applications
  • Nighttime Tropospheric Ozone Impacts and Relationship to Air Quality
  • Quantitative integration of satellite observations and air quality models driven by detailed analysis of observability
  • Internet-based Heat Evaluation and Assessment Tool (I-HEAT) Feasibility Study
  • Development of a Detection and Early Warning System for Malaria Risk in the Amazon
  • Application of OMI Observations to a Space-
  • Feasibility Study of Satellite-Assisted Detection and Forecasting of Oyster Norovirus Outbreak
  • Enhanced Forecasting of Mosquito-Borne Disease Outbreaks Using AMSR-E
  • Improving Decision-Making Activities for malaria and Meningitis Risk Mapping-Integration of NASA Products / Platforms (SERVIR) and UN WHO-OpenHealth
  • Integrating Earth observations and satellite telemetry of wild birds for decision support system of avian influenza
  • 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
  • Air Quality Applied Sciences Team Membership
  • Air Quality Applied Sciences Team: Integrating satellite observations of tropospheric pollutants
  • Air Quality Applied Sciences Team: Opportunities to inform attainment planning
  • Improving Air Quality Analysis Through a Closer Integration of Observations and Models
  • Improving Operational Regional Air Quality Forecasting Performance through Emissions Correction Using NASA Satellite Retrievals and Surface Measurements
  • Improving Satellite Aerosol Remote Sensing Data for
  • Membership Application for the NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team:
  • Membership of David Streets on the Air Quality Applied Sciences Team for Emissions and Emission Inventory Evaluation and Improvement Using Advanced Earth System Tools
  • NASA Air Quality Team Member/Leader Proposal: Optimizing Air Quality Forecasts with NASA Observations and Economic Data
  • 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
  • Using remote sensing and adjoint modeling for integration of climate impacts into design of ozone and aerosol control strategies
  • Improve EPAs AIRNow Air Quality Index Maps with NASA Satellite Data
  • Enhancing Environmental Public Health Tracking with Satellite-Driven Particle Exposure Modeling and Epidemiology
  • Incorporating Space-borne Measurements to Improve Air Quality Decision Support Systems
  • 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
  • NASA Lightning Results for Improving the CMAQ Decision Tool
  • Reducing uncertainties in national smoke emissions modeling as applied in the BlueSky Framework: dead and live fuel moisture, plume rise, and heat release
  • Using NASA Data and Models to Improve Heat Watch Warning Systems for Decision Support (ROSES 2008)
  • Linking NASA Environmental Data with a National Public Health Cohort Study to Enhance Public Health Decision Making
  • Satellite and Model Assisted Accountability Research to Support Clean Air Interstate Rule SmartCAIR
  • Using Satellite Data to Develop Environmental Indicators: An Application of NASA Data Products to Support High Level Decisions for National and International Environmental Protection
  • AMS-Wildfire data in Operational Fire and Smoke Applications
  • Inverse Modeling and Attainment Analysis for Improved Decision Support of PM2.5 Air Quality Regulations
  • Reconciliation between the MODIS active fires and burned area products for improved biomass burned and uncertainty estimation.
  • Integration of Airborne Dust Prediction Systems and Vegetation Phenology to Track Pollen for Asthma Alerts in Public Health Decision Support Systems
  • Application of NASA Data to Develop an Influenza Forecasting System
  • Environmental factors and population dynamics as determinants of meningococcal meningitis epidemics in the Sahel: an investigation of NASA and NOAA products
  • Feasibility 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
  • Influence of land-use and precipitation on regional hydrology and public health
  • Towards Predictive/Operational Assessment of Beach Closures Using Remotely Sensed Data
  • Predicting Zoonotic Hemorrhagic Fever Events in Sub-Saharan Africa using NASA Earth Science Data for DoD Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System
  • Application of NASA Satellite Measurements and Aerosol Modeling Technology to Enhance the Nation's Environmental Forecasting Capability
  • Dynamic Updating of Emissions by Systematic Integration of Bottom-Up Activities and Satellite-Based Top-Down Constraints to Support Air Quality Forecasting and Analysis
  • Improving an Air Quality Decision Support System through the Integration of Satellite Data with Ground-based, Modeled, and Emissions Data
  • 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
  • Monitoring Air Quality Effects of Anthropogenic Emissions Reductions and Estimating Emissions from Natural Sources
  • 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
  • Avian Influenza Risk Prediction in Southeast Asia and Early Warning of Pandemic Influenza
  • 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)
  • Use of MODIS with Gulf of Mexico for air plumes.
  • Title Needed - CMAQ
  • Enhancements to BlueSkyRAINS
  • Early Warning of Synoptic Air Quality Events to Improve Health and Well Being in the Greater Caribbean Region

This Community Activity focuses on Earth observations for early warning to early action by developing and communicating response options to reduce environment-related health risks, such as infectious and vector-borne diseases. Earth observations integrated with social, demographic, and health information will enhance preparedness and resilience.
  • GeoHealth: A Geospatial Surveillance and Response System Resource for Vector Borne Disease in the Americas
  • Environmental Determinants of Enteric Infectious Disease: A GEO Platform for Analysis and Risk Assessment
  • Myanmar Malaria Early Warning System (MMEWS): Multi-sensor Satellite Data Fusion System for Monitoring Environmental Predictors of Malaria in the Region of Emerging Artemisinin Resistance
  • Predictive Assessment of Transmission Conditions of Cholera in the Environment and Human Population using Earth Observations
  • GeoHealth: A Geospatial Surveillance and Response System Resource for Vector Borne Disease in the Americas

    Implementation of a geospatial surveillance and response system resource for vector borne disease in the Americas (GeoHealth) will be tested using NASA satellite data, geographic information systems and ecological niche modeling to characterize the...
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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