Pollution over China

Pollution over China
  • Credit:

    Image courtesy the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE

Today’s Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) image of eastern Asia again shows a dense blanket of polluted air over central eastern China — dense enough that the coastline around Shanghai is hard to see. In this scene, the pollution (dark gray pixels) is easy to distinguish from the clouds (bright white pixels).

Note that some topographic shading was added to this image to show how the haze sometimes is contained within lower lying areas as well as the valleys between mountains. Terra MOPITT data acquired in early January 2003 show relatively high levels of carbon monoxide in the atmosphere over this same region.

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  • Data Date:

    January 10, 2003
  • Visualization Date:

    January 10, 2003
  • Sensor(s):

    OrbView-2 - SeaWiFS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration