At the beginning of 2021, NASA expanded the newest version of the Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences team to 14 members composed of air quality and public health scientists across the United States. We’ve started to collaborate with public stakeholders, who help guide our research, and also created new short-term, high-impact projects in small groups called Tiger Teams.

In this public HAQAST meeting, we will rekindle partnerships through two-way dialogue in which stakeholders share their research needs and priorities, and scientists share their resources, insights, and new discoveries.

Our meeting took place June 1-2, 2022, at the Hilton Houston Plaza Medical Center, where our local HAQAST member, Qian Xiao of University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, welcomed us. This workshop aimed to bring HAQAST PIs and stakeholders/members of the public into close discussion.

Thank you to everyone who attended in person and virtually! Each session was recorded and will be uploaded to this webpage soon.


Virtual Pre-Recorded Flash Talks

Doyeon Ahn

CO2 Emissions from Global C40 Cities: Self-reported Inventory, Gridded Products, and Satellite Observations

Tara Illgner

Carbon Capture Technologies for Meeting Climate Goals


Jose Ortiz

Advancing the Use of Earth Observation for Air Quality Monitoring in Latin America and the Caribbean

Katelyn O’Dell

Health and Economic Benefits of Air Quality Nowcasting Using a Geostationary Satellite: A Case Study in California in 2020

Elizabeth Joyner

Making Data Access Easier: NASA Data for Your Stakeholder’s HAQ Applications


Day 1 – Wednesday, June 1st

8:30 – 9:00 CST – Coffee and Networking

9:00 – 10:15 CST – Session 1: Overview of NASA HAQAST (In-person & Webinar Room A)

Qian Xiao (HAQAST Member and Tiger Team Lead, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston)

Opening Remarks

John Haynes (Program Manager for Health and Air Quality Applications)

NASA Applied Sciences Perspective: Health and Air Quality

Tracey Holloway (HAQAST Team Leader, University of Wisconsin – Madison)

Updates from the NASA Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team

Allison Patton (Health Effects Institute)

Lessons Learned from an HEI Workshop on Health Applications of Satellite-Derived Air Quality Data

10:15 – 10:40 CST – Coffee and Networking

10:45 – 12:00 CST – Session 2A and 2B

Session 2A – Characterizing Air Quality in the Gulf Coast Region (In-person & Webinar Room A)

Moderator: Daniel Goldberg

Doug Boyer (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality)

Coastal Air Quality Research for Regulatory Applications

Holli Ensz (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management) & Ryan Stauffer (NASA)

NASA/BOEM Interagency Partnership to Monitor Oil and Gas Emissions over the Gulf of Mexico

Ted Russell (HAQAST Member, Georgia Institute of Technology)

Impact of Airport, Sea Port and Railyard Emissions on Air Quality, Exposure and Health

Amber Soja  (HAQAST Member and Tiger Team Lead, National Institute of Aerospace, NASA LaRC)

Quantifying Burned Areas for Emissions, Air Quality, and Health

Session 2B – Climate Risks in Health and Air Quality (In-person & Webinar Room B)

Moderator: Yang Liu

Arlene Fiore (HAQAST Member, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Correlated Summertime Air Pollution and Heat Over the Northeastern USA

Tabassum Insaf (New York State)

Satellite data applications informing Climate and Health Policy

Chris Uejio (HAQAST Member, Florida State University)

What Are Unsafe Indoor Warm Season Temperatures

Ebrahim Eslami (Houston Advanced Research Center)

Climate, Air Quality, and Remote Sensing

12:00 – 2:00 CST – Lunch Break

2:00 – 3:15 CST – Session 3A and 3B

Session 3A – Addressing New Challenges with Light at Night Data (In-person & Webinar Room A)

Moderator: Chris Uejio

John Barentine (Dark Sky Consulting)

Dark Skies and Conservation: How and Why We Protect The Night

Christopher Elvidge (Colorado School of Mines)

Overview of Satellite Observed Nighttime Lights

Debbie Moran (Softlight Houston)

Obstacles to Quality Lighting Policy: The Need for Police Education

Qian Xiao (HAQAST Member and Tiger Team Lead, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston)

Applying NASAs Earth Observation Products to Improve Public Health Surveillance and Advance Environmental Justice

Session 3B – Near Real-Time Data for Air Quality and Health Applications (In-person & Webinar Room B)

Moderator: Jingqiu Mao

Alqamah Sayeed (Post-doctoral Researcher, Universities Space Research Association)

Integrating Satellite and Model Data into Decision-Making Systems

Barron Henderson (Environmental Protection Agency)

Updates on HAQAST AirNow Project

Yang Liu (HAQAST Member, Emory University)

Higher Frequency Data Applications

Mary Tran (Department of State)

Data Accessibility and the Future of Greening Diplomacy

3:30 – 4:30 CST – Session 4: Flash Talks (In-person & Webinar Room A)

Jed Anderson (CEO, Enviro AI)

Metaverse-Based Air Quality Protection:  EnviroAI’s Building of the ‘Environmental Metaverse

Deeder Aurongzeb (Dell Technologies)

Dell Sustainability Efforts with Climate and Air Quality

Bryan Duncan (HAQAST Member, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)

A Progress Update for: Integrating NASA Resources into the Standard Operating Procedures of Air Quality Agencies in Low and Moderate Income Countries: A Pilot Study

Yun (April) Hang (Post-doctoral Fellow, Emory University)

Particulate nitrate air pollution remains a considerable health problem in China

Giovanna (Gia) Henery (Graduate Student, Colorado State University)

Social and Environmental Cues for Uncovering Community perspectives on AQ

Gaige Kerr (Research Scientist, George Washington University)

Widening air pollution-related health disparities in the United States

Steve Moran (Director of Business Development, BreezoMeter, Inc.)

The Science Behind BreezoMeter’s Global Air Quality and Pollen Forecast Models

Madankui Tao (Graduate Student, Columbia University)

Connecting Ozone-PM2.5-Temperature Correlations with Social Vulnerability

Magdalene Sanders (Earth Stewards Indigenous)

Climate Change and Tribal Community Engagement

Alqamah Sayeed (Post-doctoral Researcher, Universities Space Research Association)

Amir Souri (Atmospheric Physicist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

Possibility of Estimation of Ozone Production Rates Using Satellite-Based HCHO and NO2 Observations

Day 2 – Thursday, June 2nd

9:00 – 10:00 CST – Coffee and Networking

10:00 – 11:00 CST – Session 5A and 5B

Session 5A – Environmental Justice, Health, and TEMPO (online in conjunction with TEMPO Early Adopters Meeting) – (Webinar Room A)

Moderator: Ted Russell

Susan Anenberg (HAQAST Member, George Washington University)

From space to the street: Tracking air pollution injustice with satellite NO2

Tracey Holloway (HAQAST Team Leader, University of Wisconsin—Madison)

Intersections of Environmental Justice, Air Quality and Satellite Data

Leticia Nogueira (American Cancer Society)

Environmental Justice and Cancer

Allan Just (Mount Sinai, TEMPO Early Adopter)

Air Pollution Modelling with Satellite Data for Health

Session 5B – Wildfire Air Quality and Health Effects (In-person & Webinar Room B)

Moderator: Jeff Pierce

Jingqiu Mao (HAQAST Member, University of Alaska, Fairbanks)

Air Quality of Boreal Fires

Daniel Tong (HAQAST Member, George Mason University)

Effects of the 2020 US “Gigafire” on PM2.5 exceedances and premature deaths

Mary Uhl (Western States Air Resources Council)

Western Wildfire Smoke and Air Quality

Michael Geigert (Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection)

Using Satellite Data for Air Quality Forecasting and Analysis

11:00 – 12:00 CST Session 6A and 6B

Session 6A – Meeting Air Quality Needs with TEMPO (online in conjunction with TEMPO Early Adopters Meeting) – (Webinar Room A)

Moderator: Arlene Fiore

Angie Dickens (Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium)

How Satellite Data is Supporting Ozone Planning in the Great Lakes Region

Daniel Goldberg (HAQAST Investigator and Tiger Team Lead, George Washington University)

Policy and Health Relevant Applications of TROPOMI NO2: Preparing for TEMPO

Randall Martin (HAQAST Member, Washington University)

Advances in the Inference of Ground-level NO2 from Satellite Observations

Dan Welsh (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment)

State Perspectives on Satellite Data

Session 6B – Public Communication on Smoke and Health (In-person & Webinar Room B)

Moderator: Amber Soja

Kevin Cromar (HAQAST Investigator and Tiger Team Lead, New York University)

Long-term Vision for Wildland Fire Research in the U.S.

Cassie Archuleta (City of Fort Collins)

Smoke and Air Quality – City Level Needs and Perspectives

Kellen Nyamurungi (African Centre for Clean Air)

Closing the Gap with Satellite Data

Jeff Pierce (HAQAST Member, Colorado State University)

Prescribed Burning in the Central US: Quantifying Smoke Exposure and Understanding Community Perspectives