" BES Project Abstracts 2005
Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2005 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts


TWO YEARS OF BLOGGING: SUCCESS OF THE U.S. AIR QUALITY WEBLOG
 
Jill Engel-Cox, Raymond Hoff, Shobha Kondragunta, Kevin McCann, Kamonayi Mubenga, Ana Prados, and Ray Rogers
 
Abstract: The U.S. Air Quality Smog Blog was launched in September 2003. Since that time, daily satellite and ground-based observations of air quality events have been analyzed and posted. The data used are from sources such as NOAA, NASA, EPA and UMBC. The goal of the blog is to be a “one stop shop” providing a summary-level air quality event information to scientists, policymakers, and the public. In particular, we use the blog to guide our observations with the UMBC lidar systems. Over the course of one year and a half, we have monitored real-time major and minor events such as transport of African dust, smoke plumes from Canada, agricultural burning, and regional haze. In two years, the site has received over one million hits from over 50 countries. Besides monitoring air quality, the blog presents the Regional East Atmospheric Lidar Mesonet (REALM). REALM is designed to monitor air quality in the vertical from multiple locations on the east coast using a network of ground-based lidars.