Yu Comments on Satellite Observations of Wildfire Smoke

ESSIC associate research scientist, Hongbin Yu, recently provided commentary in a NASA post on wildfire smoke traveling across the Eastern Atlantic. The NASA Earth Observatory circulated a satellite image Jul-02-2013, that displays wildfire smoke aerosol concentrations originating in Quebec, which subsequently traveled across the Atlantic Ocean.

In the interview, Yu explained which satellite sensors are best suited to observe this type of smoke transportation process. “Unlike MODIS and MISR, [the] OMPS (Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite) is not limited to cloud-free conditions, so it provides more complete plume tracking,” Yu said.

Yu recently authored an analysis of satellite observations or aerosol transports events between continents. He used his expertise to help analyze the wildfire smoke transportation currently happening.