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Using Revolutionary Satellite Technology For Advancing Air Pollution M

Huntsville, Alabama, United States

The air-quality research community has extensively used space-based polar-orbiting observations (eg, Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment [GOME], Ozone Monitoring Instrument [OMI], and the Ozone Mapping & Profiler Suite [OMPS]) to study atmospheric chemistry. These observations have helped characterize the day-to-day and year-to-year variations in atmospheric constituents, but are incapable of adequately resolving diurnal and small-scale variations due to their limited number of overpasses each day and coarser spatial resolution. However, the NASA Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring Pollution (TEMPO) mission, scheduled for launch in early 2022, is a revolutionary geostationary observing platform that will measure trace gas pollutants at unprecedented spatial and temporal resolutions over North America. Furthermore, the multi-spectral capabilities of the TEMPO grating spectrometer will enable sensitivity to boundary layer ozone (O3), which have yet to be realized from current satellite observations. The complementary NASA Multi-angle Imager for Aerosols (MAIA) satellite mission, designed to measure quantities, compositions, and sizes of particulate matter in air pollution, is also set to launch in 2022. Altogether, the suite of daylight observations of trace gases and particulate matter from these sensors will greatly enhance the monitoring of the air pollutants and chemistry that governs our air quality. This NPP opportunity seeks candidates who can aid in the analysis and development of TEMPO data products, prepare air-quality modeling systems for the anticipated data products, and design techniques to synthesize TEMPO and MAIA observations for advancing the objectives of both missions. This project will be conducted in collaboration with NASA's Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) Center at Marshall Space Flight Center with the goal of this research leading to the development of products, tools, or models to support air-quality studies, applications, and transition of research to operations. This opportunity seeks candidates with experience in remote sensing of trace gases and particulate matter, along with an understanding of data assimilation systems. More details on SPoRTs mission and current projects can be found on our website at

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