Currently in development, MAIA uses a twin-camera instrument that will make radiometric and polarimetric measurements needed to characterize the sizes, compositions and quantities of particulate matter in air pollution. As part of the MAIA investigation, researchers will combine MAIA measurements with population health records to better understand the connections between aerosol pollutants and health problems such as adverse birth outcomes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and premature deaths.
The MAIA team has extensive experience in remote sensing, aerosol science, air quality, epidemiology, and public health. The MAIA principal investigator, David J. Diner of JPL, is also principal investigator of MISR and the airborne imaging polarimeter, AirMSPI. The team includes partnerships with NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, and Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, as well as several universities, federal research organizations and international partners.
- Two pushbroom spectropolarimetric cameras