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Picturing Pollution Globally and Locally

Picturing Pollution Globally and Locally

Researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas will demonstrate a system – enabled by GENI and US Ignite – that combines 50 massive NASA remote sensing datasets with Earth System modeling products to provide an accurate global map of atmospheric aerosols through a distributed, collaborative visualization system. City officials and planners can relate these maps to their local policy decisions and sources of pollution and conduct retrospective environmental impact assessments.

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Researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas are combining 50 massive NASA remote sensing datasets with Earth System modeling products to provide an accurate global map of atmospheric aerosols through a distributed, collaborative visualization system. City officials and planners can relate these maps to their local policy decisions and sources of pollution, and conduct retrospective environmental impact assessments. The researchers of UT Dallas have partnered with the City of Richardson, TX to deploy local sensors in order to provide a live pollution assessment of the city that can be used for example to provide real-time alerts to local citizens. As these local sensors are deployed to more US cities and urban areas around the world. Currently there are more than 8000 sites in 55 countries where the sensors are deployed. This produces a massive stream of real-time data that needs to be processed by compute intensive algorithms.

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