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:
- Satellite-Evaluated and Satellite-Informed O3 Distributions for Estimating US Background O3, led by Jessica Neu.
- Supporting the Use of Satellite Data in Regional Haze Planning, led by Arlene Fiore.
- Air Quality and Health Burden of 2017 California Wildfires, led by Susan O’Neill.
- Demonstration of the Efficacy of Environmental Regulations in the Eastern US, led by Bryan Duncan and Jason West.
- Supporting the Use of Satellite Data in State Implementation Plans (SIPS), led by Arlene Fiore.
- Improved National Emissions Inventory NOxEmissions Using OMI Tropospheric NO2 Retrievals and Potential Impacts on Air Quality Strategy Development, led by Brad Pierce and Daniel Tong.
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