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Systematics of atmospheric environment monitoring in China via satellite remote sensing

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Satellite remote sensing is increasingly applied in the field of environmental protection, especially in atmospheric monitoring. Here, a comprehensive review is provided on the development, limits, and prospects of remote sensing of the atmospheric environment in China. Firstly, the paper introduced the principle of detection of three types of atmospheric parameters and commonly used satellite data. Secondly, advances in retrieval methods, product validations, and applications in China were summarized. This included aerosol, particulate matter, haze, straw burning, dust storm, gaseous pollutant (sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and ozone), greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide and methane), and air quality monitoring and control. Thirdly, products widely applied in monitoring the atmospheric environment in China were analyzed. Finally, the outlooks for future development were discussed. This included application of China’s satellite data, enhancement of the accuracy of air pollution monitoring, and services for environmental management.

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We thank the editors and anonymous reviewers for the insightful suggestion during the manuscript review process.


This work was supported by the National Key R&D Program of China (Grant No. 2017YFB0503905), the Major Projects of High-Resolution Earth Observation Systems of National Science and Technology (Grant No. 05-Y30B01-9001-19/20), and the Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 41971324).

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Wang, Z., Ma, P., Zhang, L. et al. Systematics of atmospheric environment monitoring in China via satellite remote sensing. Air Qual Atmos Health 14, 157–169 (2021).

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