This webinar will outline the background of the Health and Air Quality Applications program, recent accomplishments, and plans for the future. The webinar will include a discussion of the mission of NASA Earth Science and Applied Sciences, an overview of current assets in orbit, examples of accomplishments in the Health and Air Quality portfolio in transferring NASA research results to operational partners, an overview of future NASA satellites, and a description of planned funding opportunities for the community.
Domestic and International officials have increasingly recognized links between environment and health. The World Health Organization (WHO) states “environmental hazards are responsible for as much as a quarter of the total burden of disease worldwide.” NASA maintains a diverse constellation of Earth observing research satellites and sponsors research in developing satellite data applications across a wide spectrum of areas including environmental health; infectious disease; air quality standards, policies, and regulations; and the impact of climate change on health and air quality. Successfully providing predictions with the accuracy and specificity required by decision makers will require advancements over current capabilities in a number of interrelated areas. These areas include observations, modeling systems, forecast development, application integration, and the research to operations transition process. NASA has been a primary partner with Federal operational agencies over the past ten years in these areas.