The major goal of this project is to support NOAA/NESDIS air quality remote sensing and climate mission goals and to promote interactions and synergy between NOAA and UAHuntsville Scientists. We are advancing knowledge and understanding of the environment using information technologies and remote sensing systems, both ground and space-based in South Eastern United States. The AIRE team is developing capabilities to become a center for aerosol and trace gas expertise for the South East region and collaborate with other such focal points such as CCNY and UMBC. Scientists at UAHuntsville are collocated with and have established partnerships with the NASA Earth Science Department, NWS/WFO of Huntsville and USRA scientists. The combination of UAH, NASA, NWS and USRA employees working on atmospheric research issues within the same building provides exceptional opportunities for collaborative work and for achieving success in research productivity. Our research is focused on mission-critical NOAA areas in air quality and climate. In all of these areas, UAHuntsville scientists have a track record of working with NOAA scientists and are among the nationally and internationally recognized experts. UAHuntsville is fully committed to a long term collaborative research culture and also have established programs of excellence that support graduate education and training through the Atmospheric Sciences Department.

UAHuntsville scientists are using satellite remote sensing products in the Community Multiscale Air Quality Modeling System (CMAQ) to provide forecast guidance for particulate matter air quality. As a first step, we are using the geostationary fire and emission products from NOAA in CMAQ to assess PM2.5. (Click here for more information)