1Collection 6 Aerosol Products Becoming Available C6 Aerosol Product Includes:MYD04_L2Dark Target AOD at 10 km2Deep Blue AOD at 10 km2Deep-Dark Merged AODMYD04_3KDark Target AOD at 3 km2
2Urban Aerosol Retrieval in MODIS Dark Target Algorithm: Implications to Air Quality Monitoring Pawan Gupta1,2 , Rob Levy2, Shana Mattoo2,3, and Leigh Munchak2,31GESTAR Universities Space Research Associations2 NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA3SSAIAir Quality Applied Sciences Team 6th Semi-Annual Meeting (AQAST 6)January 15-17, 2014
3Motivation: Why Urban?PM2.5 pollution levels in many mega cities exceeds the WHO standards by 5 to 10 times.Satellite observed aerosol information has been increasingly in use for air quality monitoring efforts at local to regional to global scales.MODIS Dark Target AOD validation studies have shown a bias over urban areas due to surface assumptions (Oo et al., 2010; Castanho et al., 2007, Munchak et al., 2013, Gupta et al., 2013)Urban areas comprise 0.5% of the Earth’s surface, but will contain 2/3 of the Earth’s population by 2025, thus addressing urban bias in AOD is critical for obtaining accurate air quality information from space.
4City Center Appears as ‘HOT SPOT’ in MODIS DT AOD Distance (deg)MODIS AODNew Delhi, IndiaGupta et al., 2012
5Aerosol and Pollution in Mega Cities Lets see how the spatial distribution of AOD among these cities looks ---here you are looking on the 10 year mean AOD maps for area of about 200x200 square km around selected mega cities. Here please don’t compare the cities in terms of their AOD values as color scales are not same for all the cities. But the one thing I want you to notice about all these cities are city centers …they appeared as hot spot over all most all cities. The data gaps are due to either water bodies or retrieval restrictions due to complex surface properties.Mega cities appeared as hot-spots in MODIS AOD images with high gradient from center to outside the city area.
6Mean bias (MODIS 3 km - AERONET) averaged over the campaign duration at each AERONET location Percent of pixels identified as urban in same 15 km box around AERONET stationMunchak et al., 2013Land identified as urban by MODIS land cover product at 500 m resolution
7Surface Characterization in MODIS Dark Target (MDT) Retrieval MDT assumes a relationship between the visible (VIS) and shortwave-IR (SWIR) surface reflectance, based on statistics of dark-target (primarily vegetated) surfaces.Levy et al., 2007, 2013RVIS = f (RSWIR, Angles, NDVISWIR)Over brighter and more variable surfaces (e.g. urban), the assumed VIS/SWIR relationship breaks down (Oo et al., 2010; Castanho et al., 2007)
8Accounting for Urban Bias Here, we use MODIS Land surface product (“MOD09”, Vermote et al.) to derive a new VIS/SWIR surface relationship for urban areas where urban % > 20%.VIS/SWIR ratio versus Urban%RVIS = f (RSWIR, Angles, NDVISWIR, Urban%)
15Philadelphia / New York Aerosol Retrieval Improvements over Large Urban Corridors of Eastern USASpring 2010Philadelphia / New York
16Washington DC / Baltimore Aerosol Retrieval Improvements over Large Urban Corridors of Eastern USASpring 2010Washington DC / Baltimore
17Aerosol Retrieval Improvements over Large Urban Corridors of Eastern USA Spring 2010Atlanta
18Implication to Surface PM Air Quality Ancillary DataMODELSatellite AODSurfacePMDoes high AODs in these cities implies high level of surface particulate matter pollution? The answer is yes and no both ….AOD represents optical attenuation in entire column of the atmosphere –from surface to the top of the atmosphere it depends on aerosols mass loading but it also depends on other environmental parameters whereas surface air quality or surface level PM2.5 mass concentration is measured at surface and heavily depends on local meteorology. Therefore, in last one decade more than one hundred research studies have been published to demonstrate the application of satellite AOD in deriving surface air quality. 90% of these studies have utilized some kind of statistical function to fit between AOD and PM while some studies also used meteorological variables. The success of these models varies in different part of the world and depends on accuracies of AOD retrieval as well as knowledge of vertical distribution of aerosols. The fundamental assumption in AOD to PM2.5 conversion is that the most of the aerosols are with in the boundary layer and boundary layer is well mixed. If there is aerosols layer above the boundary layer then these linear relationships break. The map here shows one of such estimation of PM2.5 derived air quality. The height of bar shows population whereas bars are color coded according to air quality categories based on PM2.5 mass concentration as obtained from AOD values. Based on available ground measurements in these cities – the annual mean PM2.5 derived from AODs are within 20-30% of those obtained from the ground for annual mean values. AOD or aerosols is also an important and one of the most uncertain component in climate change research.Driving surface PM from column AOD measurements is challenging problem, having more reliable AOD over urban areas will improve PM estimation skills of statistical/physical models
19SummaryMODIS land surface reflectance and land cover classification data sets have been used to define a VIS/SWIR surface reflectance relationship to be used over urban surfaces (urban percentage > 20%). The standard C6 MODIS Dark-Target surface reflectance relationship was replaced.Reduced AOD is seen over urban areas. Compared to AERONET observations, these new retrievals remove some of the high bias normally seen over large urban areas.Ongoing/Future WorkEvaluating the urban surface relationship over global cities, testing over longer time series.Evaluating Aerosol Models used over Urban Areas in the DTA.Implementing into the MODIS Dark Target Land algorithm?Exploring impacts of new AOD retrieval on regional and global studies of air quality, PM2.5 and health