HAQAST 2 |  Hosted by the University of Washington at the Hotel Deca, Seattle 

Our February 2017 meeting included presentations and discussions on the role of NASA data in health and air quality applications. The line-up included new research results, perspectives of professionals in the health and air quality communities, examples of earth science data for decision-making applications, and discussion of the barriers and opportunities in linking NASA Earth Science with health and air quality users and needs. See below for the full agenda.

HAQAST2 was organized to build dialogue between members the HAQAST research team and organizations related to health and air quality, including local/state/federal agencies, businesses, non-profits, educators, and other organizations.

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Remote Access Details:

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Poster Session Information:

We had a poster session from 6:00 – 8:00PM on 2/27 in Hotel Deca’s College Room.



All events to be held at the Hotel Deca, 4507 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105 (206-634-2000)

HAQAST2 PI Meetings All PI Meetings will be in College Room, Hotel Deca


8:00-9:00 Light Breakfast

9:00 – 12:00 Tiger Team Planning


8:00-9:00 Light Breakfast

9:00 – 12:00 Wrap-Up Discussions

HAQAST2 Public Meeting: Ballroom, Hotel Deca


1:00 – 1:10 Jeremy Hess, University of Washington, and Susan O’Neill, USDA Forest Service—Welcome

1:10 – 1:20 Introductions

1:20 – 1:30 Tracey Holloway, UW-Madison, Overview of HAQAST

1:30 – 1:45 John Haynes, NASA HQ. NASA HQ Perspectives on the Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team (HAQAST)

1:45 – 1:50 Shobhana Gupta. NASA HQ. The NASA Space Apps Challenge

1:50 – 2:00 Daegan Miller UW-Madison, HAQAST Communications and You

2:00 – 2:20 HAQAST Tiger Teams, Stakeholders, and the Public

2:20 – 2:30 Q&A


2:30 – 2:35 Arlene Fiore, LDEO/Columbia. Mapping PM2.5 exposures over New York State

2:35 – 2:40 Ted Russell (Georgia Tech)/Talat Odman (Georgia Tech). Predicting the Impacts of Appalachian Fires

2:40 – 2:45 Frank Freedman, San Jose State University. Developments Towards a Satellite-Informed High-Resolution PM2.5 Forecast System

2:45 – 3:00 Susan O’Neill and Sim Larkin, USDA Forest Service. Smoke Forecasting for Wildland Fire

3:00 – 3:15 Dan Jaffe, University of Washington. Use of HMS Smoke products to understand ozone and PM air pollution from wildfires

3:15 – 3:30 Bob Chatfield, NASA Ames Research Center. Accurate ML Depth and Rough Particle Size Information Allow Sequential Daily Maps of PM2.5 Episodes

3:30 – 3:45 DISCUSSION. Moderator: Daven Henze, University of Colorado Boulder.

3:45 – 4:00 BREAK

4:00 – 4:15 Jeremy Hess and Fiona Lo, University of Washington. Pollen and Health Stakeholder Needs and Priorities, and Estimating Pollen Season Onset using Satellite Data

4:15 – 4:30 Scott Van Pelt, USDA-ARS. USDA-ARS Rangeland Wind Erosion Research and Modeling.

4:30 – 4:35 Pius Lee, NOAA/Air Resources Lab. National Aeroallergen Monitoring and Tracking Network:Potential Collaboration: CDC, NASA, NAB, and NOAA

4:35 – 4:40 Matt Strickland, University of Nevada, Reno. Associations between ambient air pollution concentrations and respiratory emergency department visits among all age groups in the U.S.

4:40 – 4:55 DISCUSSION Moderator: Arlene Fiore, LDEO/Columbia.

 6:00 – 8:00 POSTER SESSION College Room, Hotel Deca

2/28 DAY 2 WELCOME Ballroom, Hotel Deca

8:00 – 9:00 Light Breakfast

9:00 – 9:05 Jeremy Hess and Susan O’Neill – Welcome


9:05 – 9:20 Daven Henze, University of Colorado Boulder. Climate and health impacts of cookstoves and long-range pollution transport

9:20 – 9:35 Bryan Duncan, NASA. A Satellite-Based Global Health Air Quality Index (HAQI)

9:35 – 9:50 Paul Garbe, CDC Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch. CDC Air Pollution and Public Health Activities Brief overview of CDC work to support state health agencies need for air pollution information useful for public health program planning.

9:50 – 10:05 Susan Anenberg, Environmental Health Analytics. Estimating the global health benefits of emissions mitigation: Example of diesel NOx

10:05 – 10:10 Jason West, Univ. of North Carolina. Using atmospheric models to drive health and policy analyses

10:10 – 10:25 DISCUSSION Moderator: Frank Freedman, San Jose State University. 

10:25 – 10:40 BREAK


10:40 – 10:55 Saffet Tanrikulu, BAAQMD. Research Needs in the San Francisco Bay Area

10:55 – 11:10 Tom Moore, WESTAR-WRAP. Overview of the Background Ozone Scientific Assessment process and March 28-29 workshop

11:10 – 11:25 Yunha Lee, Washington State University. AIRPACT Air Quality Forecasting System for the Pacific Northwest

11:25 – 11:40 Daniel Tong, George Mason University. Challenges of air quality services in a changing world

11:40 – 11:45 Tracey Holloway, University of Wisconsin. What are the barriers to wider adoption of satellite data for health and air quality?

11:45 -12:00 DISCUSSION Moderator: Bryan Duncan, NASA.

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch


1:30 – 2:00: DISCUSSION: What’s the best practice for stakeholder engagement?

2:00 – 2:15. Pawan Gupta, USRA/NASA. NASA ARSET Training Program: Overview and Opportunities

2:15 – 2:30 Brian McDonald, NOAA/CU-Boulder. Development of a Fuel-Based National Transportation Inventory for Air Quality Forecasting

2:30 – 2:45 Brad Pierce, NOAA/NESDIS. Off-line constraints on NEI2011 NOx emissions using CMAQ/GSI/OMI tropospheric NO2 Data Assimilation

2:45 – 3:00 Meytar Sorek-Hamer, NASA Ames Research Center. Towards understanding what conditions facilitate satellite-based AOD-PM2.5 estimations

3:00 – 3:05 Jennifer Wei, NASA GSFC/GESDISC. NASA GES DISC data service and data management for the Air Quality community

3:05 – 3:10 Mark Zondlo, Princeton University. Air Quality at the Urban/Agriculture Interfaces.

3:10 – 3:25 DISCUSSION: Moderator: Ted Russell, Georgia Tech

3:25 – 4:00 DISCUSSION: Overcoming Barriers to Satellite Data for Health and Air Quality