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Image of the week - GlobAerosol


Aerosols are tiny particles suspended in the air, and they are a fundamental component of the Earth's atmospheric chemistry. Knowing their distribution and density is vital to improving the accuracy of air quality forecasting and predicting. But tracking where aerosols come from, where they tend to collect, and where they tend to “sink” on a planetary scale is a tricky busines. (Due to wind and weather patterns, sometimes the most pristine, remote areas accumulate the most aerosols.) However, by coordinating European Space Agency satellite data through BeinGrid, researchersat GMV are able to make maps such as the one above as part of the GlobAerosol project. (Black represents no aerosols, purple is some aerosols, and red is the most aerosols.)

 Image courtesy of GlobAerosol

 

 

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