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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