Air dispersion modeller wins award
2 Nov 2017
Strategen’s specialist air dispersion modeller Miles Sowden from SigmaTheta Pty Ltd was awarded the Innovative Presentation award at the Clean Air of Australia and New Zealand (CASANZ) 2017 conference recently held in Brisbane.
His paper titled “Monitoring Regional Aerosol Using Himawari Geostationary Data - A Pilot Study” described findings from his PhD studies into long range dust impacts in the Pilbara. Miles has been downloading terabytes of data each day for the past year from the HIMAWARI geostationary satellite that measures infra-red radiation reflected from fine particles in the air.
The key benefit of his work is the development of a technique that will significantly improve the temporal resolution of remote sensing data for fine dust particles and better understand the spatiotemporal distribution of fine particles in remote locations that can contribute to the background levels in populated areas.
The current research has clearly shown a direct link between exposures to fine particles and a range of adverse health impacts, so a better understanding of the sources and factors that give rise to the particles that we breathe is critical to understanding the risks and ultimately implementing measures to reduce those risks for the community.
Congratulations Miles and keep up the good work!
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