Aura data advances the understanding of changes in the Earth's radiation balance, air quality.
China's ozone-forming pollutants drift over California
From 2005 to 2010, the western US made huge leaps in cutting ozone-forming pollutants at a 21 percent decrease, but the ozone in the atmosphere did not drop because of a combination of pollutants drifting from China plus a natural uptick in ozone, according to a new study..Go to Feature : China's ozone-forming pollutants drift over California, study shows
Aura Shows Human Fingerprint on Global Air Quality
Using new, high-resolution global satellite maps of air quality indicators, NASA scientists tracked air pollution trends over the last decade in various regions and 195 cities around the globe...Go to Feature : NASA's Aura Satellite Shows Human Fingerprint on Global Air Quality
NASA's Aura Satellite, Air Quality, and You
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors six criteria pollutants to make their air quality forecasts. The Aura spacecraft monitors five of the six pollutants: ozone (O3), carbon monoxide (CO), aerosols, nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and sulfur dioxide (SO2). Scientists use Aura data to monitor the production and transportation of these pollutants across the globe.
NASA Monitors Improving Air Quality in the U.S.
What flies around the world 14 times a day and can detect global air pollution levels from space? It's NASA's Aura satellite, whose mission is to understand the changing chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere. This remarkable satellite can measure air quality across the entire planet in just 24 hours.Go to Feature : In the Fog about Smog: Solving the Smog Puzzle on Earth and from Space