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IPN Mexico uses satellite data to measure air pollution

Mexico: Researchers at the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), Mexico, measured air pollution through the troposphere images obtained by satellites. For this purpose three monitoring stations have been installed at Tlalnepantla, San Agustin and La Merced.

Maria Eugenia Gutierrez of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Environment and Development said, “The investigation will lay the groundwork for future air monitoring system for Mexico as real time air quality data is obtained.”

The expert added that so far environmentalists have analysed about 8000 images provided through an agreement with the US Weather Service and NASA, as well as the National Meteorological System.

Gutierrez observed that some countries use satellite data to determine the state of air quality. IPN research is focused on the interpretation given by the modification and coupling of an algorithm that calculates the concentration of aerosols.

Gutierrez concluded by saying that social participation and public awareness are needed to reduce pollution levels.

Source: Milenio