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Global Air Pollution Monitoring from Satellites: Prospects and Problems

  • George Ohring
  • Joseph Otterman
  • Joachim Joseph
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 2)


On the basis of the scale of the phenomenon being monitored, air pollution monitoring problems can be divided into two general categories: 1) local monitoring and 2) regional and global monitoring. Problems associated with horizontal scales less than ~100 km and vertical scales less than ~1 km — such as monitoring of single sources, neighborhoods, towns, cities, and metropolitan areas — fall into the first category. Problems associated with horizontal scales greater than ~100 km and vertical scales greater than ~1 km fall into the second category. A satellite observing system based upon remote sensing is particularly suited for problems of the second category.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • George Ohring
    • 1
  • Joseph Otterman
    • 1
  • Joachim Joseph
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Environmental SciencesTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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