New Pollution Radar Exposes Urban Smog

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Ever wonder just how much smog you’re bathing in every day? A new pollution radar developed by Surrey Satellite Technology, the University of Leicester, and EADS Astrium might be able to show you.

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The radar, which can be attached to satellites, can monitor air quality across large swaths of urban and industrial spaces. Leiceister scientists are also working on a ground-based version of the CityScan technology. When completed, it will provide real-time, 3D maps of atmospheric gases. The maps will be created analyzing solar/UV radiation from multiple instruments and viewing points–essentially enabling a 3D composite to be created.

According to the World Health Organization, 2.4 million people die each year from air pollution-related causes. Let’s hope CityScan can prevent at least some of these deaths.

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