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Satellite derived annual PM2.5 data sets in support of United Nations sustainable development goals

15 - 29 March 2017

Organisation: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Location: Online training/webinar

Conference objectives:

Air pollution caused by particles with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less (PM2.5) can reduce visibility and adversely affect human health. As a result, the United Nations has addressed this type of pollution in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Recently, annual mean PM2.5 maps have been developed using MODIS, MISR, and SeaWiFS observations from 1998-2015 and have been used by organisations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and Greenpeace, to assess global air quality and health impacts.

In this webinar, participants will become familiar with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the satellite observations of air quality that are used to calculate indicators 3.9.1 and 11.6.2. This training will cover accessing the data, analysing long-term trends, and combining PM2.5 and population data sets to understand long-term exposure.

Course Dates: Three, one-hour sessions on 15, 22 and 29 March.

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