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Ambee joins NASA’s PACE mission to deliver high-resolution air quality, pollen, and climate data

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As we battle the effects of anthropogenic climate change, we also work towards lessening air pollution and removing deadly toxins from the air we breathe. Ambee came into existence to fight this battle, forging weapons of data used by governments, businesses, and individuals alike to understand the environment around them and take decisive action.

Today, we make a giant leap in our fight for this planet. We are thrilled—you might say over the moon—to announce our partnership with NASA on the PACE mission. PACE’s advanced technologies will provide unprecedented insight into Earth’s ocean and atmosphere, which impact our everyday lives by regulating climate and making our planet habitable.

For decades, NASA has helped humans understand the universe better. Where we come from, how we came into being, what part we play in the cosmos - NASA has led the charge, using science and data, to throw light on these questions at the very heart of human existence. From Apollo to Voyager, NASA’s legendary missions have taught us more in the last few decades than we knew for millennia. 

The PACE mission will use the latest and most sophisticated technologies to provide unprecedented insight into Earth’s ocean and atmosphere, which impact our everyday lives by regulating climate and making our planet habitable. 

Ambee’s goal has been to democratize access to hyperlocal, accurate environmental & climate data. We strive to achieve accuracy and reliability previously thought impossible as an organization where science and data take precedence. Our partnership with the PACE mission will add to this in ways that we are excited to reveal going forward.

Ambee has become an early adopter of the PACE mission’s data in our partnership. PACE’s hyperspectral and polarimetric data will help Ambee enhance its air quality, pollen, and climate datasets. By using the aerosol data from the satellites, Ambee can improve the data availability, accuracy, and resolution of its environmental datasets. 

“We started Ambee to measure air quality across the globe, however, with a mission to improve the lives of millions or billions of people and the planet itself.”

“Consumption of energy creates emissions which in turn causes air pollution. Now we measure the entire gamut of this Sankey (flow of energy to emissions to air quality), and by collaborating with NASA and PACE scientists, we take applied science and data to a deeper understanding to develop deeper solutions,” comments Madhusudhan Anand, CTO, Ambee. 

The applications of this high-resolution air quality, forest fire, and pollen data are numerous. Ambee is working with renowned scientists Alexei Lyapustin, Lorraine Remer, Snorre Stamnes, and many more from NASA on this research to explore and identify new applications. 

“The PACE Science and Applications Team is thrilled to be working with partners like Ambee who bring a fresh perspective to our work and ensure that the PACE mission will provide societal benefit.”

“Air quality is a pressing global concern, and the PACE mission aims to make significant advances to aid air quality improvement. PACE brings exciting new technology for the study of oceans and atmospheres. The goal of PACE science is to provide benefit to society,” quotes Lorraine Remer, Atmospheric Scientist, University of Maryland Baltimore County. 

Governing bodies and private companies can utilize this new and improved dataset to derive correlations and strategize risk mitigation and assessment plans. There are several other use cases for this boost to Ambee’s environmental data. The aerosol data by the PACE mission can also be used for calculating emissions, forecasting visibility, understanding extreme weather events, and accounting for climate risks. 

More About PACE

PACE is NASA’s Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, and ocean Ecosystem mission, currently in the design phase of mission development. It is scheduled to launch in 2024, extending and improving NASA’s over 20-year record of satellite observations of global ocean biology, aerosols (tiny particles suspended in the atmosphere), and clouds.

PACE will advance the assessment of ocean health by measuring the distribution of phytoplankton, tiny plants, and algae that sustain the marine food web. It will also continue systematic records of critical atmospheric variables associated with air quality and Earth’s climate.

Objectives of Early Adopter Project 

The objectives of this collaborative project are: 

  1. To support Ambee by providing additional data on air pollution in India and across the globe. This will be carried out with the help of cloud and aerosol data generated through the PACE mission. 
  2. To understand in-depth the aerosol pollutants found in ambient air for designing improved public health & risk management plans. 

Why PACE? 

As a single source of data, PACE will give Ambee aerosol retrievals, NDVI, AOD, and cloud properties data that will help advance the models. The advances from these insights will improve and expand the scope for data features and coverage. Ambee can use weather, air quality, and aerosol datasets in tandem to make forecasts on the long-term impact of climate change, build better products and improve existing offerings substantially. 

Conclusion 

This collaboration creates an excellent opportunity for both entities to understand environmental and climate datasets in-depth and their applications. Ambee will work with PACE scientists to give them a deeper outlook on the applications of these datasets. 

We at Ambee are looking forward to working continuously with PACE as it solves numerous issues surrounding the lack of data. This offering by PACE gives adequate data by combining satellite sources and station data, for which Ambee will apply its proprietary algorithms to provide hyperlocal data. It provides a better understanding of the air pollution in the country and across the globe. 

To know more about Ambee’s data offerings all you need to do is sign up here and try it out for free. 

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