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Monitoring of ambient fine particulate matter concentrations from space: application to European and African cities
Author(s): Jean-Francois Léon; Cathy Liousse; Corinne Galy-Lacaux; Thierno Doumbia; Hélène Cachier
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Paper Abstract

Air pollution is a major issue for global environment as well as human health and well-being. Recently, satellites which are equipped with relevant air quality instruments have been placed into orbit. In this paper, we first present a review on satellite remote sensing of particulate pollution. We then present new results for Europe and on African cities particulate air pollutants using POLDER satellite data. Based on satellite AOD observations, we show that the number of days exceeding the 15.4 μg/m3 threshold is twice frequent in Ouagadougou, Burkina- Faso than in Paris, France. At the regional scale, we observe that the northern coast of the golf of Guinea is dramatically impacted by poor air quality.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 October 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7826, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIV, 78262A (14 October 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.864954
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Jean-Francois Léon, Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, CNRS, Univ. Paul Sabatier (France)
Cathy Liousse, Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, CNRS, Univ. Paul Sabatier (France)
Corinne Galy-Lacaux, Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, CNRS, Univ. Paul Sabatier (France)
Thierno Doumbia, Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, CNRS, Univ. Paul Sabatier (France)
Hélène Cachier, Lab. des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, CNRS, (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7826:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIV
Roland Meynart; Steven P. Neeck; Haruhisa Shimoda, Editor(s)

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