Use of Remotely Sensed Climate and Environmental Information for Air Quality and Public Health Applications

  • William Crosson
  • Ali Akanda
  • Pietro Ceccato
  • Sue M. Estes
  • John A. Haynes
  • David Saah
  • Thomas Buchholz
  • Yu-Shuo Chang
  • Stephen Connor
  • Tufa Dinku
  • Travis Freed
  • John Gunn
  • Andrew Kruczkiewicz
  • Jerrod Lessel
  • Jason Moghaddas
  • Tadashi Moody
  • Gary Roller
  • David Schmidt
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Alexandra Sweeney
  • Madeleine C. Thomson
Part of the Springer Remote Sensing/Photogrammetry book series (SPRINGERREMO)


Earth’s environment has direct and dramatic effects on its inhabitants in the realms of health and air quality. The climate, even in an unaltered state, poses great challenges but also presents great opportunity for the mankind to survive and flourish. Anthropogenic factors lead to even greater stress on the global ecosystem and to mankind, particularly with respect to air quality and the concomitant health issues. While the use of remote sensing technology to address issues is in its infancy, there is tremendous potential for using remote sensing as part of systems that monitor and forecast conditions that directly or indirectly affect health and air quality. This chapter discusses current status and future prospects in this field and presents three case studies showing the great value of remote sensing assets in distinct disciplines.


Normalize Difference Vegetation Index Visceral Leishmaniasis Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission Prescribe Fire Fuel Treatment 
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Glossary—List of Acronyms


Air Quality Applied Sciences Team


Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer—Earth Observing System


Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Climate Hazards Group InfraRed Precipitation with Station


Climate Prediction Center (CPC) Merged Analysis of Precipitation


CPC MORPHing technique


Department of Defense


Enhancing National Climate Services


Earth Observation


Environmental Protection Agency


Enhanced Vegetation Index


Geostationary Coastal and Air Pollution Events


Greenhouse Gasses


Global Precipitation Climatology Project


Global Inventory Monitoring and Modeling Studies


Global Precipitation Measurement


Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment


Global Telecommunication System


Health and Air Quality


Hyperspectral Infrared Imager


Land Surface Temperature


Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer


Measurement of Pollution in the Troposphere


National Ambient Air Quality Standard


Normalized Difference Vegetation Index


National Meteorological Service


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Pre-Aerosol, Clouds, and ocean Ecosystems


Particulate Matter smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter


Sea-Viewing Wide Field of View Sensor


Soil Moisture Active/Passive


Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity


Surface Water and Ocean Topography


Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution


Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission


Vectorial CAPacity model


Visceral Leishmaniasis


Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite


Volatile Organic Compounds


World Health Organization


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Authors and Affiliations

  • William Crosson
    • 1
  • Ali Akanda
    • 2
  • Pietro Ceccato
    • 3
  • Sue M. Estes
    • 4
  • John A. Haynes
    • 5
  • David Saah
    • 6
    • 7
  • Thomas Buchholz
    • 6
    • 8
  • Yu-Shuo Chang
    • 9
  • Stephen Connor
    • 10
  • Tufa Dinku
    • 3
  • Travis Freed
    • 6
  • John Gunn
    • 11
  • Andrew Kruczkiewicz
    • 3
  • Jerrod Lessel
    • 3
  • Jason Moghaddas
    • 6
  • Tadashi Moody
    • 6
  • Gary Roller
    • 6
  • David Schmidt
    • 6
  • Bruce Springsteen
    • 9
  • Alexandra Sweeney
    • 3
  • Madeleine C. Thomson
    • 3
  1. 1.Universities Space Research Association, Marshall Space Flight CenterHuntsvilleUSA
  2. 2.Civil and Environmental Engineering DepartmentUniversity of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA
  3. 3.International Research Institute for Climate and Society, The Earth Institute, Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.University of Alabama in HuntsvilleHuntsvilleUSA
  5. 5.National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashingtonUSA
  6. 6.Spatial Informatics Group, LLCPleasantonUSA
  7. 7.University of San Francisco, Geospatial Analysis LabSan FranciscoUSA
  8. 8.Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of VermontBurlingtonUSA
  9. 9.Placer County Air Pollution Control DistrictAuburnUSA
  10. 10.School of Environmental Sciences University of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK
  11. 11.Spatial Informatics Group—Natural Assets Laboratory (SIG-NAL)CumberlandUSA

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