Dr. Ted Russell


Georgia Tech
Faculty Profile

Ted Russell is the Howard T. Tellepsen Chair and Regents Professor in Environmental Engineering, Smart Cities, and Sustainable Communities at Georgia Tech’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Russell is interested in using  earth observations in a hi-res air quality and burn impact forecasting system for health protection, ecosystem management, and economic development.

Ted’s HAQAST project objectives include:

  • Enhance the HiRes II to the HiRes-X burn forecasting system using additional (and coming) Earth observations, as well as additional monitoring using air quality sensors.
  • Work with air quality, agriculture and forest service-related agencies in the Southeast to adapt the current HiRes system to states outside of Georgia, particularly Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama. These states are chosen because of the greater use of prescribed burning and the observed air quality impacts. The application can also be expanded to the rest of the US in collaboration with NOAA.
  • Provide forecasts of forest and crop prescribed burning-related air quality impacts to local and state public health agencies in our forecast areas.
  • Provide forecast burn impacts to the CDC and its state partners on a real-time basis and perform source apportionment analysis for CDC to conduct an epidemiologic assessment using retrospective data.
  • Work with public schools to maintain a sensor network and provide educational opportunities to increase student and teacher knowledge about air quality and health linkages and the related application of Earth observations.

In addition, he contributes to the following Tiger Teams:

HAQAST Presentations

HiRes-X: Scientific and and Geographic Extension of an Operational, High Resolution, Prognostic Air Quality System Providing Smoke Impacts Forecasts for Health Protection, Ecosystem Management and Economic Development using Earth Observations

Using Earth observations in prescribed fire, air quality and health management

Predicting Prescribed Fire Impacts in the Southeast

Sensing Opportunities



Improving ozone simulations in the Great Lakes Region: The role of emissions, chemistry, and dry deposition

Momei Qin, Haofei Yu, Yongtao Hu, Armistead G. Russell, M Talat Odman, Kevin Doty, Arastoo Pour-Biazar, Richard T. McNider, Eladio Knipping, Atmospheric Enviornment



Scientific assessment of background ozone over the U.S.: Implications for air quality management

Daniel A. Jaffe, Owen R. Cooper, Arlene M. Fiore, Barron H. Henderson, Gail S. Tonneson, Armistead G. RussellDaven . Henze, Andrew O. Langford, Meiyun Lin, Tom Moore, Elementa.

Forecasting the Impacts of Prescribed Fires for Dynamic Air Quality Management

M. Talat Odman, Ran Huang, Aditya A. Pophale, Rushabh D. Sakhpara, Yongtao Hu, Armistead G. RussellMichael E. Chang, Atmosphere



Burned Area Comparisons Between Prescribed Burning Permits in Southeastern United States and Two Satellite‐Derived Products

Ran Huang, Xiaoyang Zhang, Daniel Chan, Shobha Kondragunta, Armistead G. Russell, M. Talat Odman, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres


Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space

Two HAQAST members (Bryan Duncan and Ted Russell) are among the authors of the Weather and Air Quality panel, HAQAST collaborator Steve Ackerman co-chaired the panel, and team leader Tracey Holloway was a reviewer



What We Breathe Impacts Our Health: Improving Understanding of the Link between Air Pollution and Health

Jason West, Aaron Cohen, Frank Dentener, Bert Brunekreef, Tong Zhu, Ben Armstrong, Michelle L. Bell, Michael Brauer, Gregory Carmichael, Dan L. Costa, Douglas W. Dockery, Michael Kleeman, Michal Krzyzanowski, Nino Künzli, Catherine Liousse, Shih-Chun Candice Lung, Randall V. Martin, Ulrich Pöschl, C. Arden Pope III, James M. Roberts, Armistead G. Russell, and Christine WiedinmyerEnvironmental Science & Technology

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