The Holloway Group uses models and data from both ground-based monitors and satellites to solve health and air-quality problems, but many people don’t know the extent of what satellite data has to offer. HAQAST.org provides great resources to help you learn about and utilize satellite data, in addition to learning about general health and air quality topics. This run-through of their resources should help you navigate the site and choose which tools might be the most useful for you.
For our work comparing observations of formaldehyde to model amounts, we needed to convert model HCHO to micrograms per cubic meter; this conversion requires temperature and pressure. Here, we investigated different means of calculation, with 2-meter temperature and layer temperature.
The Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) and The Holloway Group are working on energy and air quality modeling for power plant emissions. Here we present instructions on how to process data in SMOKE file format into a readable excel spreadsheet or csv file for modeling software. This would be helpful for data analysts who run the EPA SMOKE model for air quality, and the EPA AVERT model.