Improving emissions data over South America

Large urban centers of South America face acute air quality problems. In this tense situation, it is important to closely monitor both the natural emissions released by the rainforest (hydrocarbons) and the rapidly changing anthropogenic emissions from agricultural activities (NH3 and NOx) and fossil fuel burning (NOx). By using satellite observations combined with a state-of-the-art model representation of the relevant processes, we develop advanced inversion algorithms for the estimation of emissions of ammonia(NH3), NOx and hydrocarbons, providing both qualitative and quantitative biogenic and anthropogenic emissions. SOLFEO takes advantage of the fine spatial resolution of OMI (AURA), IASI (METOP) and TROPOMI (Sentinel 5p) data to improve emission estimates over a largely understudied region.

ESA
EOP
Air pollution
Air quality
Emissions
South America
Latin America and the Caribbean
EO4Society
Scientific Project
Ongoing
eo4society@esa.int
BELGIAN INSTITUTE OF SPACE AERONOMY (BIRA-IASB) (BE)