575 GOES-R Air Quality Proving Ground

Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Washington State Convention Center
Hai Zhang, JCET/Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore, MD; and R. M. Hoff, S. Kondragunta, A. K. Huff, M. C. Green, S. A. Christopher, B. Pierce, and B. Gross

Handout (3.5 MB)

GOES-R ABI will produce accurate aerosol retrievals at high temporal and spatial resolution, which will provide valuable air quality information to air quality forecasters. In order to prepare the air quality community for the new and enhanced aerosol data, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) established the Air Quality Proving Ground (AQPG) as a new component of the GOES-R Satellite Proving Ground. AQPG focuses on engaging air quality forecasting and assessment offices in pre-operational demonstrations of selected capabilities anticipated from the next generation of NOAA geostationary earth observing systems. The AQPG team will develop a product delivery system so that regional air quality forecasters have access to measurements from GOES-R, from ground based sites, and from models to better predict particulate air quality in the US. The GOES-R air quality User Group will evolve from the current 3DAQS (Three-Dimensional Air Quality System) User Group. Using datasets from existing satellites, ground based remote sensing, ground based air quality measurements, and models, at least ten case studies will be created which exercise the ABI algorithm and allow the User Group to comment on how those data would be used in their forecast tasks. The overall goal of the AQPG is to build a user community that will be ready to use the new satellite air quality products as soon as they become available.
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