Air quality is fast becoming a critical challenge across SERVIR regions. Each year, the World Health Organization estimates 7 million deaths occur globally as a result of air pollution exposure, with 2 million of these occurring across South and Southeast Asia. Apart from enhanced emissions, the lack of rainfall during the Asian Monsoon dry season, accompanied by winter low-temperatures and calm winds, allows pollutants to accumulate in the air leading to a degradation in air quality across Asia.
In 2019, Thailand suffered from unseasonably poor air quality, particularly in Northern provinces where there was substantial agricultural burning and forest fires. The harmful air quality levels observed during the winter of 2019 catalyzed a need in the region to support air quality efforts to improve both monitoring and public awareness. Over the past year, SERVIR-Mekong has partnered with national departments in Thailand to meet these needs. This effort will be expanded to cover the ASEAN countries in the near future.
This regional web-based information system application is aimed to
The application allows users to intercompare historic, near real-time satellite observations, ground-based air quality observations, and forecasted conditions to assess how well they intercompare and perform. This ability enables partners such as the Pollution Control Department (PCD), Geo-Informatics & Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) as well as decision-makers to leverage satellite observations to more effectively monitor air quality in Thailand and Lower Mekong Region.
Lower Mekong and ASEAN countries
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Pollution Control Department
Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency
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