Michael Cheeseman

Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2020-2021

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Atmospheric Science

Research Summary: Poor air quality causes millions of premature deaths worldwide. Many regions of the world, however, have few air quality monitors, making it difficult to quantify people’s exposure to air pollution. In these locations, we rely on satellite measurements, but it’s difficult to determine the concentrations of pollutants near the surface from a satellite measure of the whole atmosphere. Therefore, my research strives to increase our understanding of the relationship between satellite measures of the whole atmosphere and surface concentrations. We achieve this by working with citizen scientists to deploy novel, low-cost air quality sensors in different regions of the US.