Space Perspective: Satellites and Air Pollution Monitoring


When looking at the night sky, we can see shining points – stars and planets. But did you know that from space, we can also contribute to the fight for clean air on our planet? Satellites, artificial “eyes” in the sky, have an incredible power to assist us in monitoring air quality.

Satellites are like unique detectors that observe Earth from above. They have clever devices that can sense various substances in the air. Thanks to them, scientists can learn how much nitrogen dioxide or ozone is in the air and where they originate.

Such information is crucial as it helps us understand how our air is polluted and where we have issues. For instance, if we discover that there’s too much harmful substance in a particular location, we can take actions to change that.

But that’s not all. Satellites not only tell us what’s happening now but also predict upcoming changes. Using complex mathematical techniques and data collected from space, we can anticipate when air quality might worsen. This gives us time to take actions, like reducing pollutant emissions.

Young people can also contribute to all of this. We can learn about how satellites work and what their capabilities are. This might inspire us to think about future innovations we can introduce. Knowledge about space technologies can become our tool for safeguarding clean air for us and for future generations.

Thanks to satellites, we can look at our planet from above and better care for its health. This is our space perspective on combating air pollution