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Urban Landscape Characterization Using Remote Sensing Data For Input into Air Quality ModelingThe urban landscape is inherently complex and this complexity is not adequately captured in air quality models that are used to assess whether urban areas are in attainment of EPA air quality standards, particularly for ground level ozone. This inadequacy of air quality models to sufficiently respond to the heterogeneous nature of the urban landscape can impact how well these models predict ozone pollutant levels over metropolitan areas and ultimately, whether cities exceed EPA ozone air quality standards. We are exploring the utility of high-resolution remote sensing data and urban growth projections as improved inputs to meteorological and air quality models focusing on the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area as a case study. The National Land Cover Dataset at 30m resolution is being used as the land use/land cover input and aggregated to the 4km scale for the MM5 mesoscale meteorological model and the Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) modeling schemes. Use of these data have been found to better characterize low density/suburban development as compared with USGS 1 km land use/land cover data that have traditionally been used in modeling. Air quality prediction for future scenarios to 2030 is being facilitated by land use projections using a spatial growth model. Land use projections were developed using the 2030 Regional Transportation Plan developed by the Atlanta Regional Commission. This allows the State Environmental Protection agency to evaluate how these transportation plans will affect future air quality.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Quattrochi, Dale A.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Estes, Maurice G., Jr.
(National Space Science and Technology Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Crosson, William
(National Space Science and Technology Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Khan, Maudood
(Environmental Protection Div. Atlanta, GA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2005
Subject Category
Environment Pollution
Meeting Information
2005 Annual Meting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Professional and Scholarly Meeting(Denver, CO)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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