UI researchers help satellites “see” through clouds


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University of Iowa researchers, including UI Center for Global and Environmental Research members, have developed a technique that allows satellites to obtain better estimates of air pollutants.

Prior to the development of the new technique, the satellites were unable to obtain data on cloudy days. The new technique uses information about how particles affect the clouds above them to predict the particle concentrations below the clouds.

Because of this, the satellites are able to take more frequent readings, allowing for more accurate predictions.

Read more about this research here.

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About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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