Chapter: Impact of COVID-19 measures on Atmospheric Composition

Dr Christophe Lerot

Remote Sensing Scientist, Belgium Institute for Space Aeronomy

Course Description

The global Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic saw many governments take unprecedented measures to limit the spread of the virus. These measures included a mixture of social distancing, a ban on large gatherings, the closing of schools, universities, restaurants and other non-essential stores, and a reduction in air travel, the closure of borders and other non-essential travel restrictions.  Many of these measures have had a significant impact on the anthropogenic emissions in the atmosphere due to the drastic drop in road and air traffic and a strong reduction of industrial activities in non-essential sectors across the globe.

To assess these impacts, ESA started the 'Impact study of COVID-19 lockdown measures on air quality and climate' (ICOVAC) project. In this short course you will learn about what this project covered and its findings.

This short course is part of a longer ESA sponsored 'MOOC' on studying the Atmosphere from Space, that will launch soon.

Dr Christophe Lerot

Remote Sensing Scientist, Belgium Institute for Space Aeronomy

Dr Andreas Richter

Senior Scientist, University of Bremen

Dr Jieying Ding

Air Quality Scientist, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute

Dr Bas Mijling

Air Quality Scientist, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute

Kezia Lange

Atmospheric Scientist/PhD Student, University of Bremen

Dr Michael Buchwitz

Senior Scientist, University of Bremen

Dr Pavel Litvinov

Senior Scientist, GRASP-SAS, University of Lille

Professor Oleg Dubovik

Senior Scientist, Laboratoire d'Optique Atmosphérique

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