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Using Space, we can forecast air quality and fight epidemics

Interview of Isabel Franco Trigo, Coordinator Earth Observation Unit, IPMA, Lisbon, Portugal

Season 1, episode 53
5 min / Published

Satellite observation has made a big difference in the monitoring of air pollutants and in the improvement of air quality forecasts. Sentinel satellites, for instance, are regularly used to derive concentrations of various trace gases and aerosols. Monitoring fire emissions from Space, as well as forecasts of fire plumes and their impact on air quality, can also be used for the guidance of the whole population, especially for those most vulnerable who can take precautions against degraded air quality conditions. This data also provides a basis for epidemiologists to assess the impact of such events on different population groups.

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