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Stereoscopic Remote Sensing of Air Pollutants: Emission, Formation, and Transport

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Atmospheric Remote Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 257

Special Issue Editors

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Department of Precision Machinery and Precision Instrumentation, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China
Interests: satellite remote sensing; air pollutants; atmospheric optics; emission inversion
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Atmospheric Composition Analysis Group, Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA
Interests: air quality; atmospheric chemistry; environmental health; emission inventory; radiative transfer; remote sensing
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Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031, China
Interests: ground-based stereoscopic remote sensing; hyperspectral instruments; atmospheric chemistry and physics; air pollutants; greenhouse gases
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, with the development of multi-platform remote sensing technologies such as satellite-based, airborne-based, ground-based, and ship-based sensing, the three-dimensional stereoscopic monitoring of air pollutants has been realized, providing a unique perspective for the analysis of the whole process of pollutant emission, transport, reaction, and deposition. Many of these emerging technologies are exciting and may inspire the scientific community, including geostationary satellites for trace gas observation, ground-based horizontal scanning, the development of a vertical multi-axis differential absorption spectrometer, trace gas monitoring lidar, and other optical methods. Combining these multiple observation techniques, multi-perspective three-dimensional observation can be performed at various scales, such as the meter-scale and kilometer-scale for regional or global coverage. With the help of chemical models or Lagrangian trajectory analysis, we are able to achieve source appointment and the characterization of air pollution, and provide further guidance for air quality policies.

Therefore, we are launching a new Special Issue, entitled "Stereoscopic remote sensing of air pollutants: emission, formation and transport", and welcome contributions addressing the following topics:

  • The pinpoint and characterization of air pollution emissions.
  • Process of air pollution.
  • Source analysis of pollutants.
  • Local and regional transport processes of pollutants.
  • New techniques and algorithms for atmospheric remote sensing.
  • New atmospheric physical and chemical models.
  • Health risk of air pollutants.

Dr. Chengxin Zhang
Dr. Chi Li
Dr. Chengzhi Xing
Guest Editors

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  • satellite remote sensing
  • ground-based remote sensing
  • atmospheric pollutants
  • source analysis
  • greenhouse gases

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

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Title: Recent developments in satellite remote sensing for air pollution surveillance in support of Sustainable Development Goals
Authors: Dimitris Stratoulias; Narissara Nuthammachot; Racha Dejchanchaiwong; Perapong Tekasakul; Gregory R. Carmichael
Affiliation: Air Pollution and Health Effect Research Center, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90110, Thailand
Abstract: Air pollution is an integral part of climatic, environmental and socioeconomic current affairs and a cross-cutting component of certain United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Hence, reliable information on air pollution and related exposures is a crucial element for tracking and evaluating the efficacy of policy interventions. At the same time, Earth observation is steadily gaining confidence as a data source in the calculation of various SDG indicators. The current paper focuses on the potential usability of modern satellite remote sensing in the context of the SDGs relevant to air quality. We introduce the socioeconomic importance of air quality and discuss the current uptake of geospatial information. The latest developments in Earth Observation galvanize the availability of finer spatial, temporal and radiometric resolution products with increased global coverage, long-term stability and coherence in measurements. Leveraging on the latest operational satellite technology available and primarily the Sentinel-5P and GEMS missions, we demonstrate two potential operational applications of quantifying air pollution at city and at regional scales. Based on the two examples and by discussing the near-future anticipated geospatial capabilities, we showcase and advocate that the potential of remote sensing as a, complementary to ground station networks, source of air pollution information is gaining confidence and as such can be an invaluable tool in quantifying global air pollution and a source for deriving robust population exposure estimates due to ambient air pollution.

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