NASA Earth Observation Systems and Applications for Health and Air Quality: Moving from Research to Operational End Users

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015: 8:30 AM-9:45 AM
228AB (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Host: Sixth Conference on Environment and Health
Chair:  Sue M. Estes, Public Health, NASA/USRA, Huntsville, AL

Domestic and International officials have increasingly recognized links between environment and health. The World Health Organization (WHO) states “environmental hazards are responsible for as much as a quarter of the total burden of disease worldwide.” NASA maintains a diverse constellation of Earth observing research satellites and sponsors research in developing satellite data applications across a wide spectrum of areas including environmental health; infectious disease; air quality standards, policies, and regulations; and the impact of climate change on health and air quality. Successfully providing predictions with the accuracy and specificity required by decision makers will require advancements over current capabilities in a number of interrelated areas. These areas include observations, modeling systems, forecast development, application integration, and the research to operations transition process. NASA has been a primary partner with local, state, Federal, and international operational agencies over the past twelve years in these areas.

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