Air Quality Focus Group Discussion Summary • Air Quality is one of 12 Applications of National Priority as defined by NASA • and is one of 5 National Application Areas most frequently selected in Tom Yunck’s pre-meeting questionnaire • Air quality management involves multiple government agencies, businesses, and universities and provides an application area well suited for making use of ESIP’s infrastructure and resources. • About 20 participants attended the focus group ESIP Winter Meeting January 2005
Air Quality Focus Group Discussion Topics A) How are satellite data currently used in air quality research and management? a) how is the data used b) what satellite data are used c) who are the data users B) How to enhance the relevance of satellite data for air quality decision making? a) what do EPA and other air quality organizations need b) what can ESIP offer
AQ Management: Sensory-Motor System Monitoring collects multi-sensory data from surface and satellite platforms and Monitoring (Sensing) AssessmentCompare to GoalsPlan ReductionsTrack Progress Set Policy CAAA Set Goals NAAQS AirQuality Controls (Actions) Assessment turns data into knowledge for decision making & actions through analysis (science & engineering) NASA ESE data, tools and methods can benefit air quality (AQ) management through extended monitoring, data sharing tools and better science.
Information ‘Refinery’ Value Chain(Taylor, 1975) Info. Quality Data Information Informing Knowledge Productive Knowledge Action Analyzing Separating Evaluating Interpreting Synthesizing Judging Options Quality Advantages Disadvantages Deciding Matching goals Compromising Bargaining Deciding Organizing Grouping Classifying Formatting Displaying Transform. Processes e.g. WG Reports Examples e.g. Langley IDEA, FASTNET, Forecast Modeling e.g. RPO Manager e.g. DAAC ESIP – Facilitation States, EPA, International
Next Steps • Form ESIP AQ Cluster to explore ideas & identify relevant ESIP resources • What types of air quality applications can ESIP support • Work up example applications • Prepare material for proposal • Organize a meeting/workshop with EPA/NASA/NOAA • Understand their current efforts and information flow processes • Identify specific areas of interest • Develop a demo/testbed