What do satellites have to do with air pollution ?

Air pollution can be defined by the presence in the atmosphere of one or more contaminants in such quality and for such duration as is injurious (or tends to be) to health or welfare of human, animal or plant life. These contaminants can be chemicals, particulate matter or biological materials.

Continuous satellite observations help scientists to monitor the concentrations of air pollutants, from local to global scale.

Air quality

Check out how satellites track air pollution in tutorial
Understanding spectra from the Earth
and tutorial Remote sensing using lasers !

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This Envisat image taken on 9 August 2006 captured some of the fires raging across north-western Spain and Portugal. Source: ESA.

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