NASA-SERVIR MINX Workshop

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Within the SERVIR-Himalaya framework, ICIMOD organized the NASA-SERVIR MINX Workshop 11–13 June 2012 to train members of the SERVIR-Himalaya team, the SERVIR team from East Africa, and participants from relevant institutions in Nepal in the use of MINX (MISR INteractive eXplorer) software in order to expand the holdings of the MISR Plume Height Climatology Project. Three representatives from the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) and the Kenyan Ministry of Environment joined from the SERVIR hub in Nairobi, Kenya. This workshop is another example of successful South-South cooperation within the SERVIR project. Capitalizing on the presence of SERVIR hubs in Nairobi and Kathmandu will extend the plume database to a greater geographic and temporal extent over Africa and Hindu Kush Himalayan region than is currently available.

MISR, the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is one of five instruments aboard NASA's Terra satellite, which was launched into polar orbit August 1999. MISR provides new types of information for scientists studying Earth's climate, like the partitioning of energy and carbon between the land surface and the atmosphere and the regional and global impacts of different types of atmospheric particles and clouds on climate. The results of MINX analyses of aerosol plume heights and winds are posted to the MISR Plume Height Climatology Project website for the benefit of other users. In more than a decade of MISR operation, thousands of plumes over many geographic regions have been analysed and are being used in plume dispersion and transport research. Also, an extensive geographic and temporal database has been generated from MISR data, which can provide significant benefits for studies of long-term trends of large smoke and dust plumes in Africa and the Indian subcontinent and their effects on health in these regions.