ACOM Scientists with GIII Plane

NSF NCAR Scientists Participate in Mission to Measure Air Quality Over Asia

NASA-led ASIA-AQ campaign will help verify and interpret new satellite observations

Pieternel Levelt - NSF NCAR Explorer Series - Air Quality in Space

Air Quality from Space

Did you know that satellites in space can track air pollution and greenhouse gases on Earth? For the past two centuries, human activity has changed the chemical makeup of our atmosphere, leading scientists to rename this period the ‘anthropogenic epoch’. 

 A beautiful sunset over the by-products of copper mining in Mufulira, Zambia, commonly known as The Black Mountain.

NCAR researchers find alarming pollution in Africa

That smartphone you use, the electric vehicle you drive and your laptop all rely on lithium-ion batteries.

The material inside those batteries is cobalt, much of which is mined in Africa. New research out of Boulder suggests that mining for cobalt is also polluting parts of Africa.


ACOM CIMS tour 2023.06.15 - group photo Anne Johansen of NSF Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences visits ACOM
NCAR Director Everette Joseph attends presentation of new APROC I-CIMS instrument