Urban clusters impact on regional Air pollution and climate and generic visualisation software for satellite data applications

Objectives

The main aims of this project are the development and implementation of a generic satellite data visualization software for visualization of air pollution and climatic data and the study of air pollution and climate over China using long time series of satellite observations. In order to realize AeroVis, the project focuses on the following, strongly interrelated, objectives:

 

  • To empower the participating enterprises from Greece and P.R. China with the technological and operational framework for full exploitation of satellite technologies and related visualisation technologies in the field of air pollution and climate studies.

More specifically, the project will develop and implement a generic satellite data visualization software for visualization of air pollution and climatic data, with:

    • Google Earth compatibility
    • ability to select time periods of interest and visualize (in the form of movies) evolution of air pollution and climatic data, providing unique insights in the seasonal evolution of pollution plumes, teleconnection patterns etc.
    • ability to export data in different formats for potential users

 

  • To study air pollution over China and its effects on weather through the modification of cloud cover,  with emphasis on the main urban clusters in China and their effects on regional air quality and climate and case study of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region as a quickly developing urban cluster.

More specifically, the project will:

    • Combine ground-based measurements of key compound species with satellite retrieved column abundances of air pollutants (aerosols, NO2 and SO2) and climatically relevant data (cloud cover, cloud droplet effective radius etc.) from a variety of satellite platforms (MODIS Terra and Aqua, GOME-2 and SCIAMACHY) to gain insight in the spatiotemporal evolution of anthropogenic and natural emissions over China and their possible impact on climate.
    • Study the impact of the main urban clusters in China on regional air quality and climate.
    • Perform a case study of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region as a quickly developing urban cluster by using datasets of satellite and ground-based observations. The proposed case study will focus on a better understanding of the distribution of sources for major air pollutants, particular for aerosols in the selected region.
    • Formally report the results.