At the beginning of this December 2017, the latest Copernicus satellite, Sentinel 5-P, whose aim is to monitor the quality of the air that we breathe, has sent his first images to the Aerospace German Center (DLR).
This sample of images determines the air pollutants in more detail than even before. After its exhibition at Airbus facilities, in Stevenage UK and after its placing in orbit of the Sentinel 5-P satellite, we can get an idea of pollution’s problem that sorrounds our Planet Earth.
In this first image, there is revealed the level of nitrogen dioxide in Europe, generated by traffic and the combustion of fossil fuel in industrial processes over the European continent, especially, over parts of Netherlands, the Po Valley in Italy, the Ruhr area in western Germany and over parts of Spain.
Whereas the carbon dioxide is affecting the air that Europeans breathe; in Africa, Asia and South America is the carbon monoxide the principal problem to fighting. With the first data have been received from Sentinel-5P, it has been used to create an animation that shows high levels of air pullutant pollution over part of the Earth.
ESA’s Director of Earth Observation Programmes, Josef Aschbacher, has indicated that “Sentinel-5P is the sixth satellite for the EC Copernicus environmental monitoring programme but the first dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere." And he adds, “these first images offer a tantalising glimpse of what’s in store and are not only an important milestone for the Sentinel-5P mission, but also an important milestone for Europe.”
The level of detail without precedents that show the images of the pollution of the air on the Planet Earth (derivative of the dioxide of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, methane or aerosols, between others), they are thanks to the sensor that incorporates the latter Satellite Sentinel. Called Tropomi, is the most advanced and ultramodern sensor of his class up to the moment."
“The satellite’s Tropomi instrument promised to offer images of pollutants in higher resolution than ever before, and it’s certainly living up to its promise.” said Stefan Dech, Director of DLR’s Earth Obervation Center.
Now, only we have to wait for more amazing images of the last satellite of the program Copernicus launched to the orbit and to begin a new stage. A stage to start mitigation policies and to do better forecasts to attack one of the principal problems that we are exposed: the pollution of the air that we breathe.