Introducing Grasp Global's Cutting-Edge Product CatalogUE for Advanced Air Quality Monitoring"
PUBLIC GRASP CATALOGUE BUILT UPON ARLAS.
25 May 2023, Media Release
Lille – Toulouse: 25 May, 2023 GRASP Global has launched its “Public GRASP Products Catalogue” for businesses and organisations tracking and studying air quality, the company announced today. The platform offers advanced remote sensing products that enable the forecasting of hazardous air pollution events and estimation of past exposure. The catalogue also includes data sets that can be used to help understand climate change. The catalogue was built by Gisaia, a geospatial big data technology company.
The Public GRASP Products Catalogue includes a visualisation tool to explore the data. The products in the catalogue are created from satellite data from a variety of European instruments, which are then processed into advanced remote sensing products by GRASP.
The GRASP processing system is unique in its capability to combine data from multiple space sensors as well as incorporate data from ground instruments. This allows for the study of specific areas with high precision.
The catalogue will soon include data from GRASP’s own GAPMAP-0 space instrument, which was launched on April 22, 2023. This marks the first time a commercial space instrument has been deployed for the characterization of particulate air pollution in cities and communities.
When completed, the GAPMAP series of instruments will comprise a constellation of ten advanced cubesats that will collect 100 times more data globally than traditional air quality instruments already in space.
GAPMAP products will be available to the public alongside other existing products in the catalogue, providing users with valuable information about the Earth’s surface, clouds, and atmospheric aerosols.
MONITORING FOR EFFECTIVE MEASURES
Air pollution is among the greatest environmental risks to public health, according to the World Health Organisation. Outdoor air pollution is estimated to have caused 7 million premature deaths worldwide in 2019.
GRASP facilitates the use of satellite measurements to establish whether particles are likely man made (industrial and vehicular emissions) or from natural sources such as wildfire smoke or desert dust and whether they are produced locally or transported from more distant locations.
Thus the Public GRASP Products Catalogue can be a critical tool to determine the sources and downwind areas affected by air pollution. This provides a significant weapon for the public and policymakers to fight for improved air quality by holding the producers responsible.
“The GRASP software makes it possible to use the satellite measurements to establish whether particles are likely produced by industry or swept in from natural sources such as wildfire smoke or desert dust. This is useful for governments, cities, and even companies who want to monitor air pollution and design effective mitigation measures,” said Dr. David Fuertes, GRASP Global’s co-founder and CEO.
The catalogue is linked to the existing GRASP Open platform, which currently has around 1,200 users from the scientific community in 64 countries. It is built upon ARLAS-Server, an open-source technology brick for big data visualisation and exploration. Catalogue users can easily and quickly find relevant products through spatial as well as temporal filters. It is run on Gisaia’s ARLAS-Cloud service.
“We are honoured to be part of a mission that helps to address one of the world’s greatest challenges. We thank GRASP for choosing our technology and trusting our team with this assignment,” said Laurent Dezou, Gisaia’s CEO.
“The long term strategy is to keep developing the tool, adding analytics capabilities thanks to the power of ARLAS,” added Dr. Fuertes.
GRASP Global Services supports worldwide efforts to monitor the health of people and the planet. Space agencies, governments, city authorities, and companies that wish to effectively track air pollution are invited to explore the publicly available catalogue.
For more details
To learn more about the Public GRASP Products Catalogue, contact GRASP Global at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About GRASP Global
GRASP Global is a start-up company that employs a variety of tools to monitor and understand the Earth’s atmosphere and surface.
These tools include the development and deployment of spaceborne cubesats, ground instruments, and the GRASP algorithm. The GRASP algorithm provides unique capabilities to combine data from multiple instruments to provide advanced products for air quality and climate change.
GRASP has more than a decade of experience in developing hardware and software for space applications and has worked with the largest international space agencies. The company has been engaged in the development of the operational algorithms for generating surface and aerosol products for Sentinel-4, 3MI, and CO2M future ESA and EUMETSAT missions.
GRASP designs and manufactures ground instruments that are deployed in global networks by NASA and the SPARTAN network.
Recently, GRASP launched the first in a series of cubesats designed to monitor the atmosphere for air quality and climate applications.
For more information about GRASP Global, visit www.grasp-sas.com
Gisaïa is an expert in geospatial intelligence with experience in facilitating the rapid deployment of technology solutions for deeper geospatial and big data analysis.
Our ARLAS framework® is built to serve efficiently: every function is developed to not only support the ease of operations but also deliver expected results.
Some of Gisaïa’s references in the spatial industry include: Airbus Defence and Space, the French Space Agency, the French Public Research Institution, IRD and GRASP Global.