The Hyperlocal Global Air Quality Index - Supported By ESA BASS

In partnership with King's College London Environmental Research Group

Rapid urbanisation, growing populations, and increasing car ownership mean that over 92% of the global population are experiencing the adverse effects of air pollution.


Along with Project partners Kings College London, we are creating a new Global Air quality index and data to enable key decision-makers, including consumers, to understand the impacts air quality has on their countries, businesses, families and homes.

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Create a better understanding of air quality impacts

  • Understand the link between air quality & related illnesses (eg respiratory, asthma)

  • Understand the link between air quality & related product sales & usage

  • Inform sales & marketing strategies

  • Comply with planning policies

  • Alert employees/stakeholders/customers/public

  • Individual locations can be monitored through our online Tools providing immediate, clear feedback for non-experts

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Unique data sources

  • 20m resolution - Air quality metrics can be provided every 20m.

  • Complete coverage - Data will be provided continuously, throughout each city;

  • Unique EO derived input - No other model utilises satellite-derived vehicle detections (and certainly not derived speeds of each vehicle) as a proxy for vehicle emissions;

  • Robust scientific approach – This is the only product based upon emissions and dispersion models, both of which have a long track record in the air pollution field.  The quality of the output will be summarised in a high impact journal paper to be drafted in 2020.

  • Superior spatial/temporal resolution – VHR satellite imagery used to derive car counts at 30cm resolution and are able to classify moving vehicles from those that are parked.

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More project details can be found on the ESA Business Applications website here: SAQM