PhD student Ms. Yasmin Aboel Fetouh and Dr. Alaa Ibrahim discussing Earth Observation Satellite data at the American University in Cairo (Photo courtesy Dr. Ibrahim).
As the study commenced, Dr. Ali El-Hadidi and Ms. Yasmin Aboel Fetough were added to the project team. The team considered issues around the collection of space-borne aerosol emissions satellite data in order to perform data analysis. The analysis will come from feeding the data sets into statistical software to generate time-series graphs and perform cross-correlations. Data have been downloaded from both the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and from the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES) on the Aura satellite, and analysis will be ongoing through the first half of 2014.
Future plans include the development of an aerosol emissions model, which will include biogenic emissions. There will also be an evaluation of the biogenic emissions model and uncertainty analysis. The team will be starting ground-based data collection. In addition, the project team will have an opportunity to participate in outreach and educational events during the 5th Annual Cairo Science Festival in the spring of 2014.