New initiatives to measure atmospheric composition from space have the potential to improve air quality monitoring, forecasting, and to help mitigate health issues from pollution. On April 7, 2023, NASA launched the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (EVI-1) (TEMPO) satellite mission to provide high resolution air quality data on an hourly basis across North America. TEMPO will provide key information to inform the atmospheric composition observing capabilities of NOAA’s atmospheric composition instrument (ACX), which is planned to launch with the Geostationary Extended Observations (GeoXO) mission in the 2030’s.
This week, NOAA representatives joined US and international partners at the Joint Science Meeting for TEMPO, GeoXO ACX, & TOLNet hosted by the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) from May 1-5, 2023. The theme of the meeting is “Building the Pathway from TEMPO to GeoXO,” and brings together key science leaders to facilitate the coordination and long-term planning of air quality observations over North America from Geostationary Earth Orbit. NOAA representatives who presented during the GeoXO Science Team Meeting segment of the event include CPO’s Monika Kopacz along with NESDIS representatives Andrew Heidinger and ACX project lead Shobha Kondragunta, and CSL representatives Greg Frost and Brian McDonald. The meeting aims to prepare users of TEMPO data and pave the way for GeoXO with moderated panel sessions, discussions, and hands-on training.