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Air Quality Monitoring, Assessment, & Forecasting Using GIScience & Remote Sensing

A Special Issue from GIScience & Remote Sensing

About this Special Issue

Air quality has been a serious societal issue in major cities over the globe due to continued urban expansion and on-going climate change. It is now clear that air pollution is a global problem, which indicates global partnerships are required to appropriately mitigate the problem along with local effort.

Air quality affects various ecosystems, including crops, forests, livestock, and wildlife. It also influences public health.

Accurate monitoring and forecasts of air quality can provide air managers with valuable information so that they can make appropriate policy decisions. The long term monitored data can also be used to understand air pollution that is closely related to diseases and mortality rates, which enables to support decisions for public health policies.

There have been efforts to assess, monitor, and forecast air quality using polar orbiting satellite remote sensing systems such as the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) onboard Terra and Aqua, the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) onboard Aura, and the TROPOspheric Monitoring Instrument (TROPOMI) onboard the recently launched Copernicus Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite. 

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Geostationary satellite sensor systems such as the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) series, Geostationary Ocean Color Imager (GOCI), and Himawari-8 Advanced Himawari Imager (AHI) have been widely used for air quality monitoring. The GeoKompsat-2A (GK-2A) Advanced Meteorological Imager (AMI) successfully launched last December is going to provide various products soon, which can be used to monitor air quality. Moreover, the GK-2B Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS) covering Asia, the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring Pollution (TEMPO) covering North America, and the Sentinel-4 covering Europe and North Africa will be launched in a few years. These three instruments will form a global constellation for air quality monitoring including intercontinental pollution transport.

In light of the global and trans-continental issue of air quality, we invite you to contribute research papers to this special issue focusing on air quality monitoring, assessment, and forecasting for regional and/or global applications which can provide valuable guidelines for related scientists and policy makers. Original research articles are solicited over a wide range of topics which may focus on, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced retrievals of air quality parameters from satellite remote sensing data
  • Monitoring and assessment of ground-level air quality parameters
  • Regional and/or global patterns of air quality
  • Impacts of air quality to human health and various ecosystems
  • The synergistic use of satellite remote sensing and numerical/statistical models for monitoring and forecasting of air quality
  • Use of satellite remote sensing for deriving air pollutant emission
  • Air pollution transport analysis through integration of remote sensing, emission data, and numerical model outputs.

Guest Editors

Prof. Jhoon Kim 
Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Yonsei University, S. Korea

Assoc. Prof. Yu Zhan 
Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, China

Submissions Information

Manuscripts are to be submitted by September 30, 2019 through the standard submission process of GIScience and Remote Sensing to read the Aims & Scope, Instructions for Authors and to submit to the journal please use the buttons below.

When submitting please indicate that the submission is for the special edition on Air Quality Monitoring, Assessment, and Forecasting. This special issue is expected to be published in January 2020. Please feel free to contact the guest editors for more information.

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