October 13, 2016
Developing Future Air Quality Observing Strategies
Over the past six years, NASA has conducted a series of airborne field studies focused on air quality. DISCOVER-AQ (Deriving Information on Surface conditions from COlumn and VERtically resolved observation relevant to Air Quality) focused on four locations in the U.S. with poor air quality due to diverse factors. The KORUS-AQ (Korea-U.S. Air Quality) field study examined air quality conditions across the South Korean peninsula and surrounding waters. For all of these studies, a major focus was to better understand how to interpret future satellite observations of air quality from geostationary orbit. Utilizing multiperspective observations, these activities have provided valuable insights into how satellite and ground observations can provide complementary perspectives on air quality as part of an integrated observing system.