This web site is being used for Real-time IDEA-I aerosol forecasting demonstrations conducted during the 2010 Shanghai World Exposition. The proposal team will be collaborating with the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) Asian Dust Research Laboratory and the Eastern China Normal University (ECNU) during this demonstration.

The objective of IDEA-I is to develop an open source, portable version of Infusing satellite Data into Environmental air quality Applications (IDEA) [Al-Saadi, et al., 2005] a satellite based aerosol forecasting, visualization, and data synthesis tool for use by the international air quality forecasting community.

IDEA International (IDEA-I) will be released as part of the International Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) Processing Package (IMAPP) [Huang, et al., 2004], and its operational follow-on the International Polar Orbiter Processing Package (IPOPP).

IMAPP provides freely distributed science production software for MODIS and AIRS science data products. IPOPP will provide the same capability for the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) and Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) on the National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS).


  • Al-Saadi, J. A. et al., 2005: Improving National Air Quality Forecasts with Satellite Aerosol Observations, BAMS, DOI:10.1175/BAMS-86-9-1249.
  • Huang, H.-L., L. E. Gumley, K. Strabala, J. Li, E. Weisz, T. Rink, K. C. Baggett, J. E. Davies, W. L. Smith, and J. C. Dodge, 2004: International MODIS and AIRS Processing Package (IMAPP) – A Direct Broadcast Software Package for the NASA Earth Observing System. BAMS, Vol. 85, Number 2, 159-161.