Air Quality in 500 Cities with OMI-TROPOMI combination

According to the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM), ten to fifteen thousand people in the Netherlands die as a consequence of air pollution or noise every year. Especially in and around Amsterdam the health risks are severe. To combat air pollution, it is vital to know which pollutants show up where and in what concentration. Also the distribution of urban green plays an important role in this.

Currently, the best satellite instrument for measuring air quality is the TROPOMI instrument that was launched by the European Space Agency in 2017. With 7 km x 3,5 km, this instrument has over six times the spatial resolution of its predecessor, the OMI instrument. One of the most important aspects of reducing air pollution is to investigate which policies are most effective in controlling emissions into the atmosphere. This can be achieved by trend monitoring. Unfortunately, since high-resolution satellite data has only recently become available, detailed trend analyses at a regional level from before 2017 are not possible. However, what if an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm could be taught to transform the low-resolution OMI data into data of higher quality that matches the resolution of the TROPOMI instrument? Interested to see this in 500 cities? Although this might sound like science fiction and the market value is limited, it is exactly the kind of challenge that fits tech company Sobolt.

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OMI air quality map of the Netherlands

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