What is a Rapid Response Team?
Rapid Response Teams are a HAQAST initiative that work to solve health and air quality issues that require urgent attention. These collaborations between HAQAST members and public stakeholders leverage NASA data and products to solve pressing issues on year long time scales or less.
- Collaborating with the New Mexico Department of Health to Respond to Wildfires and Extreme Heat
Team Lead: HAQAST investigator Chris Uejio
Partners: New Mexico Department of Health, Epidemiology and Response Division, Environmental Health Epidemiology Bureau, Environmental Public Health Tracking
Amidst the largest two wildfires in New Mexico’s history, this team is collaborating with the New Mexico Department of Heath to improve accessibility of air quality measures and understand adverse health effects of heat and PM2.5 exposure.
- Distribution and Pollution: Investigating the Influence of Warehouse-related Transportation Activities on NO2 and PM2.5 Using Satellites, Models, and Monitors
Team Leads: Susan Anenberg, Yang Liu, and Ted Russell
Additional HAQAST Investigators: Dan Goldberg, Gaige Kerr, Jen Kaiser, Talat Odman
Partners: Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), International Council on Clean Transportation, Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium (LADCO), South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)
With a rise in the construction and prevalence of warehouses near metropolitan areas, this team seeks to explore approaches for tracking air pollution from warehouse-related transportation activities. They are collaborating with the Environmental Defense Fund, the International Council on Clean Transportation, the Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium (LADCO), and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to complete an analysis, simulation, and sensor to satellite comparison.
- HAQAST Ambassador Stakeholder Engagement Rapid Response
Team Leads: Tracey Holloway and Jenny Bratburd
Partners: HAQAST Ambassadors
This team seeks to support the newly developed HAQAST Ambassadors program. A major focus is the creation of an online user forum to provide expert advice to users of all levels of expertise. This will serve as a resource for stakeholder questions, and a portal for increasing use of satellite data.
- Incorporating Remote Sensing Derived Estimates of Wildland Fires into the American Thoracic Society “Health of the Air” Annual Report
Team Lead: Kevin Cromar and Daniel Tong
Partners: American Thoracic Society, several state air quality agencies
This team analyzes wildfire health impacts to be included in the American Thoracic Society (ATS) annual report and promotes county level communication related to air quality. The ATS report is widely used by air quality managers and policymakers to understand the health impacts of air pollution.
- Responding to the Need of Smoke Forecasts in Alaska: A Data Fusion Approach with Advanced Deep Learning Algorithms
Team Leads: Jingqiu Mao, Pawan Gupta, and Steve Moran
In response to air pollution from massive wildfires in Alaska in 2022, this team is mobilizing to integrate machine learning with low-cost ground sensors, satellite data and air quality models. This air quality data will be shared through different platforms including mobile apps to provide access to the general public.