AIRS data have been used to track propagation of toxic gases like Carbon Monoxide (CO) from massive fires; accurate early warnings of such pollution spikes are useful because they give people the option to reduce their risk of exposure to poor air by limiting outdoor activity at these times. Air quality forecasters use NRT data from LANCE to improve some local and national air quality forecasts.
Potentially useful data sets: MODIS Aerosol, AIRS CO (total column) and Sulfur Dioxide (day and night), OMI Aerosol Optical Depth, Absorbing Aerosol Optical Depth and Aerosol Index.
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