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Press Release 08-138

Scientists to Assess Beijing Olympics Air Pollution Control Efforts

Unmanned aerial vehicles will measure emissions during China's 'great shutdown'

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Thick smog often obscures the sky over Beijing.  Residents are frequently warned to stay indoors.

Thick smog often obscures the sky over Beijing and nearby regions. Residents are frequently warned to spend as little time as possible outdoors, due to the air pollution.

Credit: NASA


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V. Ramanathan, chief scientist of CAPMEX, with several AUAVs that will fly above Korea.

V. Ramanathan, chief scientist of CAPMEX, with several AUAVs that will fly above Korea.

Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography


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An AUAV sampling the atmosphere.  AUAVs may travel hundreds of miles and be airborne for hours.

An AUAV sampling the atmosphere. The aircraft may be airborne for hours and travel hundreds of miles, while flying at an altitude of 15,000 feet.

Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography


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