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HAQAST Ambassadors

HAQAST Ambassadors represent the broad range of interests of our stakeholders. Ambassadors are provided a venue for feedback, discussion, and regular communication for deeper, more sustained involvement with HAQAST activities. Members are liaisons between NASA and the user community, who engage in activities to promote the use of NASA Earth observations, and share stakeholder needs and questions with HAQAST applied researchers.

Interested in joining? Apply now!

Meet the HAQAST Ambassadors

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Zac Adelman

Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium (LADCO)

Executive Director


“LADCO uses NASA data to build knowledge on the sources of air pollution in the Great Lakes region, to enhance our capabilities to model air pollution, and to supplement our decision support information for developing pollution mitigation strategies.”

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Temilayo Adeyeye

New York State Department of Health

Research Scientist


“We have applied NLDAS and NASA MODIS data to develop extreme heat metrices in New York State. These data provide spatially contiguous estimates of ambient exposures that affect human health and have been used to inform epidemiologic research that estimated excess risk temperatures for select heat-related health outcomes in New York State.”

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Doug Boyer

Texas Commission on Environmental Air Quality

Senior Air Quality Scientist


“TCEQ uses satellite and remote sensing data to support many of our air quality analyses, including photochemical model development and evaluation, trend patterns, high concentration days, exceptional events, and transport studies.”

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Kelly Crawford

U.S. Department of Energy

Senior Advisor for Energy Equity and Environmental Justice


“We use NASA data and tools for screening, to inform emissions modeling and development of a DC specific Environmental Justice mapping tool.”

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Michael Geigert

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Air Quality Meteorologist


“The NASA visible, fire and aerosol products have been a valuable tool for our air quality forecasters, and we make almost daily use of these products.”

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Barron H. Henderson

United States Environmental Protection Agency

Physical Scientist


“I use NASA and NOAA satellite data to routinely evaluate and improve atmospheric models that are used in the regulatory process.”

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Tabassum Z Insaf

New York State Department of Health

Director, Bureau of Cancer Epidemiology


“We are currently part of a HAQAST project that will use air quality ensemble products developed using satellite data to look at health effects of combined effects of air quality and extreme heat in the context of climate policy initiatives in the state.”

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Alex Karambelas

NESCAUM

Environmental Analyst


“NESCAUM and our member states use NASA data to better understand air pollution trends, transport, and chemistry in the northeastern U.S. This includes direct analysis with NASA outputs as well as photochemical model comparison and evaluation.”

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Byeong-Uk Kim

Georgia Environmental Protection Division

Program Manager 1


“The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD), uses satellite data and tools to perform technical analysis projects to improve ozone and PM2.5 air quality in the state.”

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Maeve MacMurdo

Cleveland Clinic

Pulmonologist


“We use NASA satellite data to better understand how exposure to air pollution impacts the risk and severity of lung disease, with a focus on the health of communities and workers impacted by environmental injustice.”

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Magdalene McCarty Sanders

Earth Stewards

President


“NASA satellite data and training has allowed for collaboration and partnerships that has allowed Environmental Justice (EJ) to build a community of practice using satellite data for EJ applications.”

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Steve Moran

Google

Senior Strategic Partnerships Development Manager – Public Sector


“BreezoMeter’s products leverage NASA data to provide global, real-time, and hyper-local information on air quality, pollen, and wildfire smoke.”

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Amirhosein Mousavi

Waste Management / Google

Sr. Data Scientist


“We leverage satellite data in conjunction with other available data sources to accurately quantify landfill emissions.”

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Leticia Nogueira, PhD MPH

American Cancer Society

Researcher


“We use satellite data to evaluate how exposure to climate change-fueled extreme weather events and pollution from fossil fuel infrastructure impacts access to cancer care and outcomes.”

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Pallavi Pant

Health Effects Institute

Senior Scientist


“I’ve used NASA data/tools for work at the Health Effects Institute as well as for training and public outreach engagements outside of my formal duties.”

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Allison Patton

Health Effects Institute

Senior Scientist


“I work on air pollution exposure and health effects using air pollutant concentrations derived from NASA air quality products and other datasets.”

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Patrick Reddy

Retired, Retired, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Independent Research Scientist


“I use NASA data and tools to evaluate state and federal emissions control programs, to track changes in atmospheric methane, to evaluate the impacts
of wildfires on ozone, and to track exceptional events that can pose a public health concern.”

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Eric Stevens

National Park Service

Alaska Fire Weather Program Manager


“NASA’s MODIS imagery is fundamental in both the analysis and forecasts processes [for wildfires across Alaska].”

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Mary Tran

Department of State

Project Manager


“The Greening Diplomacy Initiative (GDI) greatly values NASA and their data and research contributions to the Department of State’s air quality program, DOSAir….[and] aims to leverage and integrate satellite data in Department products to provide accurate forecasting capabilities for our personnel overseas.”

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Mary Uhl

WESTAR

Executive Director


“Satellite data and tools from NASA are key to analyzing air quality issues, improving western inventories, improving forecasting, analyzing air pollution events and providing visual data for communicating with the public.”

About HAQAST Ambassadors

Ambassadors will help connect stakeholders with NASA data and tools. Ambassadors will discuss upcoming HAQAST opportunities, obtain a deeper understanding of new developments, propose additions to meeting agendas, and influence future directions of HAQAST. This is an opportunity to regularly share information two to three times a year and increase the effectiveness of collaborations. Meet our current ambassadors here!

Opportunities for Ambassadors

By being a HAQAST Ambassador, stakeholders can be formally recognized as engaged “super-users” who have devoted time and effort to employing satellite data for health and air quality societal benefit. Ambassadors will also be given opportunities to speak at HAQAST meetings, input to and review of Tiger Team topics and plans, and have their work and contributions highlighted on our website, in our newsletters, and on social media.

Joining the HAQAST Ambassadors

We welcome all interested stakeholders to apply and get involved. We will evaluate applications on a rolling basis, prioritizing stakeholders from non-academic institutions and those representing a range of applications. We ask you commit for one year, with an option to renew. We hope to continue growing this community throughout the HAQAST grant cycle (through 2025).

To become an ambassador, we ask that stakeholders participate in three components:

  • Articulate the value of NASA data (which can be included in the application statement and which we would share on our public website).
  • Lead initiatives with peers or their organizations to share information on NASA data (this includes giving talks at association meetings, providing features on organization websites or in newsletters, etc.).
  • Provide annual updates on activities and initiatives. Ambassadors are also invited to participate in HAQAST meetings.