With the increasing effects of climate change, it is becoming more important than ever to monitor air quality. Remote sensing provides large-scale monitoring, so we can take the appropriate steps to ensure our air remains healthy and safe.
As the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere increases, it traps more heat from the sun and causes the Earth's temperature to rise. Rising temperatures can lead to more frequent and intense heatwaves, droughts, and wildfires, which can have serious impacts on human health, agriculture, and infrastructure.
Tiny particles suspended in the air can have a range of negative impacts on human health, particularly for those with pre-existing respiratory or cardiovascular conditions. When inhaled, the particles can enter the lungs and cause irritation, inflammation, and damage to the respiratory system.
A group of highly reactive gases that are formed during the combustion of fossil fuels, including gasoline, diesel, and coal. They are one of the primary contributors to air pollution, and can have a range of negative effects on human health and the environment, including global warming.
One important application of remote sensing for air pollution is the monitoring of emissions from industrial and transportation sources. By using satellite-based sensors, we can identify and track the emissions of pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, as well as monitor the effectiveness of policies and regulations designed to reduce these emissions.
- Tracking and monitoring of emissions from industrial and transportation sources
- Early warning of natural sources of pollution, such as wildfires and dust storms
- Mapping of air quality across a wide range of locations and time periods
- Estimation of exposure to air pollution for populations in different locations