AQAST newsletter November 2011
Welcome to the inaugural bi-monthly newsletter of the NASA Air Quality Applied Sciences Team (AQAST). This newsletter will keep you up to date on AQAST publications, activities, and events. Please also visit regularly the AQAST website for detailed information on ongoing projects. Subscribe/unsubscribe to this newsletter by email to Bob Yantosca.
AQAST is focused on providing a bridge between the Earth Science research community and U.S. air quality management from the local to the national scale. We have a broad array of expertise and resources to put to the service of air quality managers. Please “help us help you” by telling us about your issues. Contact any AQAST member or team leader Daniel Jacob. We look forward to hearing from you!
Daniel J. Jacob (AQAST leader)
Robert M. Yantosca (AQAST webmaster)
Recent AQAST publications
Lin et al : Asian influence on surface ozone
Citation: Lin, M., A.M. Fiore, L.W. Horowitz, O.R. Cooper, V. Naik, J. Holloway, B.J. Johnson, A.M. Middlebrook, S.J. Oltmans, I.B. Pollack, T.B. Ryerson, J.X. Warner, C. Wiedinmyer, J. Wilson, and B. Wyman, Transport of Asian ozone pollution into surface air over the western United States in spring, submitted to J. Geophys. Res., 2011. (Article, Auxiliary Materials)
Topic: Detection of Asian plumes as an early-warning indicator of enhanced US ozone in the West.
Zhang et al : PRB ozone for EPA ISA
Citation: Zhang, L., D.J. Jacob, N.V. Smith-Downey, D.A. Wood, D. Blewitt, C.C. Carouge, A. van Donkelaar, D.B.A. Jones, L.T. Murray, and Y. Wang, Improved estimate of the policy-relevant background ozone in the United States using the GEOS-Chem global model with 1/2°x2/3° horizontal resolution over North America, Atmos. Environ., 45, 6769-6776, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2011.07.054, 2011. PDF
Topic: Documentation of the PRB ozone values used in the EPA ISA and REA documents for ozone NAAQS setting
Other AQAST activities
User-friendly processing of OMI NO2 data
Tracey Holloway's group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed a suite of Python-based programs to aggregate Level-2 OMI NO2 data to a user-defined grid over a user-defined temporal averaging period. The algorithms are being extended to other instruments and data products, and the user interface is under development, with a target distribution date of December 2012. These flexible scripts support the comparison of satellite data and regional air quality models, and comparison among satellite data products by converting results to a common grid.
Air quality management needs for Southeast Michigan
Tracey Holloway (U. Wisconsin-Madison) has been working with the Southeast Michigan Air Quality Study (SEMAQS) to solicit air quality management needs that could be met with satellite data. SEMAQS members have assembled a document of SEMAQS research suggestions for AQAST. These will be discussed at the November 16-18 AQAST meeting.
AQAST Fall 2011 Meeting at EPA Research Triangle Park, November 16-18, 2011
This meeting is open to all and will also be accessible remotely over the web. The first day will consist of reports on the suite of ongoing AQAST projects and should be of broad interest. The second day will consist of discussions with EPA OAQPS and ACE managers and scientists on priority issues where AQAST could contribute. For more information on this meeting contact AQAST leader Daniel Jacob or host Pat Dolwick (EPA/OAQPS). If you plan to attend in person please send your name and affiliation to Brenda Mathieu.
NASA Applied Sciences Program training on using remote sensing data for Air Quality Applications: mid-March 2012 at the University of Wisconsin
The NASA Applied Remote Sensing Education and Training (ARSET) program in conjunction with the Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium (LADCO) will be providing a workshop on utilization of NASA resources in support of environmental management activities. This workshop is being organized in collaboration with AQAST member Tracey Holloway (U. Wisconsin - Madison) and co-I Bart Spoonseller (Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources). The workshop will be hosted by the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) at UW-Madison. For details on the workshop go to http://airquality.gsfc.nasa.gov or contact Richard Kleidman at email@example.com
AQAST communications and networking
AQAST web site
The AQAST website offers detailed and cross-cutting perspective on AQAST PI projects and Tiger Team projects. It includes lists of team members, publications, and so on. Part of it is still under construction.
The AQAST Ning site is gaining momentum as a forum to share information and build connection among AQAST members and other interested groups. We have over 60 members, 7 Tiger Team Group sites, and an additional group to solicit recommendations from the air quality planning community for future satellite missions. The site is still a "beta-test" but can support discussions among AQAST members and the broader community in an open forum, appropriate for broader collaboration and information sharing.
If you are not a member and wish to be, just email Tracey Holloway and she will send you an invitation. Any member of the site can invite others to join (current members can just just click "Invite" in the upper left corner of their screen), so please take the initiative to engage key collaborators in this resource!