|Federal agencies that contribute to EPA's environmental goals, and how they make a difference.|
|Programs by EPA Strategic Goal
1. Climate Change and Improving Air Quality
2. Protecting America's Waters
3. Cleaning Up and Sustainable Development
4. Safety of Chemicals and Preventing Pollution
Programs by Agency
AID, ARC, CNCS, CPSC, CSB, DHS, DOC, DOD, DOE, DOI, DOJ, DOL, DOS, DOT, ED, FHFA, GSA, HHS, HUD, NASA, NRC, NSF, OSTP, SBA, TVA, USDA, USPS, USTR, VA
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
EPA Goal 1: Climate Change and Improving Air Quality
NASA’s Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) satellite images enable scientists to better understand the relationship between atmospheric ozone distribution and the factors that alter it. TOMS analyzed the amount of ultraviolet energy reflected back up to the spacecraft, allowing researchers to produce profiles of how thick or thin the ozone was at different altitudes and locations.
TOMS has provided almost 30 years (1978-2006) long-term record of atmospheric ozone observations that has helped scientists in understanding the global ozone trend, ozone hole and ozone recovery. Though TOMS was designed for ozone monitoring, it also provided valuable information on the sources of tropospheric aerosols (dust and smoke) and its long-range transport, volcanic SO2, erythemal UV exposure, and effective reflectivity of the earth's surface and clouds.
Source(s) of Information
1. NASA: About TOMS
Related EPA Program(s)
Stratospheric Ozone: Domestic Programs
This program includes activities for regulatory programs to restore the ozone layer and voluntary programs to reduce public health risk.
• Clean Air Act Amendments, Title VI
• Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act
• The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer