In this webinar, we will download and process Sentinel-5P data using the Python language to detect and track the aerosol and toxic gas plumes emitted by the Turkish wildfires in August 2021.
Copernicus is the European Union’s Earth Observation programme. It greatly relies on observations from various satellites called the Sentinels. Each Sentinel mission has its own specificities and addresses various environmental and societal needs. Combined together, the measurements collected by these satellites give us a precise, reliable and near-real time view of numerous key indicators on the state of our environment.
The Sentinel-5P (S5P) mission launched in 2017 screens the Earth atmosphere to quantify different pollutants (O3, CO, NO2, SO2, aerosols…) with a great accuracy and spatial resolution. The observations sensed by the TROPOspheric Monitoring Instrument (TROPOMI) on board S5P are free of use and provide global information on air quality, greenhouse gas emissions as well as detailed elements to detect and assess the impact of polluting events.
In particular, when a record-breaking heatwave hit the Mediterranean basin in the middle of summer 2021, the measurements recorded by S5P were of prime interest to detect and assess the severity of the emissions resulting from the gigantic wildfires that broke out at many different locations. These dramatic events lasted for several weeks, ravaged hundreds of thousands of hectares of forests and released thick smoke and toxic gases in our atmosphere.
These direct emissions of toxic pollutants can have dramatic effects on the first responders and local residents. Moreover, atmospheric transport may carry the wildfire plumes very far away from the emitting sources which can lead to harmful exposures for populations sometimes living thousands of kilometres away from fires. Monitoring the wildfire plumes and their direction is hence fundamental to implement mitigation plans. With its global coverage and frequent time revisit, TROPOMI constitutes a privileged tool to accurately detect and monitor the heavy aerosol plumes and carbon monoxide emissions generated by the forest fires.
Attendees must be in possession of their own computer with an internet connexion.
Attendance to the training course is free of charge.
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