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Using NASA satellite data and recent NASA Earth Science Research Results (NASA ESRR), we propose to aid in decision making processes related to water quality and nutrient inputs into aquatic ecosystems in coastal and inlands areas in the state of Alabama. Decision support will be affected by hosting a hierarchy of products, derived from relevant NASA ESRR, on the Virtual Alabama (VA) system. The VA system is a Google Earth based system developed by the Alabama Department of Homeland Security (ALDHS) with the express purpose of decision support though sharing of information between different government agencies within the state of Alabama. End users include the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP). State of the art MODIS retrievals coupled with output from the chemical/aerosol transport model (CMAQ/AERO-RAMS)will be used to estimate wet and dry deposition of nutrients (N, S, Fe and P) over land, inland water bodies, estuaries and the Gulf of Mexico region. Output from the models will be used to partition observed aerosol column loading into different categories and deposition potentials will be computed for individual categories to be utilized by the end users for decision support related to nutrient mitigation.

Project PI: Udaysankar Nair/University of Alabama in Huntsville

NSSTC, University of Alabama at Huntsville 320 Sparkman Dr, Huntsville, AL 35805

Phone: (256) 961-7841

Email: nair@nsstc.uah.edu

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