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20 to 22 September 2022 | By invitation only

Online training: Air Quality Forecasting Data and Tools

Air pollution is now considered the world’s largest environmental health threat, accounting for 7 million deaths worldwideevery year. Air pollution causes and exacerbates a number of diseases, ranging from asthma tocancer, pulmonary illnesses and heart disease. Outdoor air pollution and particulate matter, one of its major components, have been classified as carcinogenic to humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO, 2021). Focusing on the Lower Mekong Region, haze has been a seasonal problem for over a decade. 

UNESCAP has a principle agreement with SERVIR-Mekong to cooperate with its project “Building Pan-Asia Partnership for Geospatial Air Pollution Information,” which covers the whole ASEAN region. The cooperation will revolve around sharing of technology, data, and knowledge for air quality monitoring between SERVIR-Mekong and the technical partner of UNESCAP, i.e., The Korean National Institute of Environment Research (NIER),to utilize the data from the Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS), launched by the Republic of Korea in February 2020. UNESCAP will also aim to buildcapacity of the ASEAN member countries, where SERVIR-Mekong can contribute and introduce the tools for possible adoption.ADPC is an autonomous international organization that works to build the resilience of people and institutions to disasters and climate change impacts in Asia and the Pacific.

Implemented by the Geospatial Information Department of ADPC, SERVIR-Mekong is a joint initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). It usespublicly available satellite imagery and technologies to address challenges related to air pollution, wildfire, and agricultural burning in the Lower Mekong.As a continued collaboration to enhance the capacity of UNESCAP and SERVIR-Mekong stakeholders, a regional training on “Air Quality Forecasting and Tools” is being organized from September 20-22, 2022,in partnership with the NASA Science Coordination Office. This training is a follow-up to thetraining on basic satellite remote sensing for air quality monitoring organized in May 2022.

The online training on Air Quality Forecasting Data and Tools was organized jointly on 20 and 22 September 2022 with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC). This two-part training served as a forum for discussion and provide the participants with an opportunity for capacity building. The training provided details on the applications of earth observation data to decision-making activities related to air quality monitoring, as well as the associated online and offline tools for visualizing and acquiring aerosols and trace gas data. At the end of the training, participants were able to develop an understanding on application of earth observation data and tools relevant to properly identify, track and measure air quality events of their choosing and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the data products.


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