Northwest International Air Quality Environmental Science and Technology Consortium



Project Kick-Off Meeting:  13 April 2007, Univ of Washington


- Brian Lamb (WSU)
- George Mount (WSU)
- Joe Vaughan (WSU)
- Farren Thorpe (WSU)
- Jennifer Hinds (WSU)
- Cliff Mass (UW)
- Greg Hakim (UW)
- Louisa Emmons (NCAR)
- Sim Larkin (US Forest Service/BlueSky)

Powerpoint presentations:

Introduction (Brian Lamb) - 0.4 MB
MM5 update (Cliff Mass) - 2.3 MB
AIRPACT-3 Evaluation and Enhancements (Brian Lamb) - 2.7 MB
ClearSky Decision Support System (Joe Vaughan) - 1.6 MB
NCAR MOPITT satellite work (Louisa Emmons) - 3.7 MB
Remote sensing ground and satellite observations (George Mount) - 0.9 MB
OMI satellite / AIRPACT comparisons (Farren Thorpe) - 10.5 MB
BlueSky status and development (Sim Larkin) - 6.0 MB

The NW-AIRQUEST NASA-ROSES project developed satellite data retrieval capabilities for tropospheric air pollutants for various uses in the AIRPACT-3 forecasting system. Below is an example of OMI satellite NO2 and AIRPACT-3 forecasted NO2 results for February 1, 2007.   » View more AIRPACT Satellite Products

OMI satellite NO2 results

OMI satellite NO2 results

AIRPACT-3 predicted NO2 results

AIRPACT-3 predicted NO2 results

Project Overview

This work seeks to improve existing meteorological, air quality and smoke forecasting systems by infusing them with NASA Earth System Science results. The projects proposed for satellite data enhancement are the MM5 numerical weather forecast system, the Air Indicator Report for Public Awareness and Community Tracking (AIRPACT) Eulerian air-quality forecasting system and the ClearSky agricultural field burn smoke forecasting systems, three projects of the Northwest Air Quality Environmental Science & Technology consortium (NW-AIRQUEST). NASA Earth-Sun system research products offer potential improvement in meteorological modeling underlying all of our air quality (AQ) modeling, initial and boundary conditions for AQ modeling, and verification and evaluation. Two principal uses for Earth-Sun system research products (ESRP) are planned: (1) Improving forecast accuracy through use of more representative and spatially resolved boundary and initial conditions (and emissions) for both meteorological and atmospheric chemistry variables for the meteorological and AQ models, and (2) improving system evaluation through comparison of model results with ESRP data, for example comparison of forecast winds with ESRP winds and comparison of column abundances of pollutants species with model results. The ESRP satellite instrument products sought are:

  • GOES water-vapor and cloud track and QuikSCAT SeaWinds Scatterometer winds

  • Terra MISR Leaf Area Index and Fractional PAR for phenology of vegetation

  • Terra MOPPIT and Aura OMI tropospheric retrievals for ozone and carbon monoxide

  • Forest-Service-STI BlueSkyRAINS project MODIS-derived fire emissions

  • Terra (or Aqua) MODIS column aerosol mass.

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