Dr. Ana Prados (GES DISC/UMBC GEST) is conducting a training course in satellite remote sensing at the Universidad Nacional in the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose. The training course takes place July 20-22, 2009. The course will include hands-on training and demonstrations for air quality event analysis in Central America. Dr. Prados will be conducting the demonstrations and training in Spanish.
Costa Rica could be subject to natural air quality events from several active volcanoes, including Poas, Arenal and Irazu. Irazu is located close to the capital city, and last had an eruptive cycle from 1963-1965, subjecting residents of San Jose to volcanic ashfall. Regarding air quality affected by human activities, areas near San Jose have been identified as having air pollution levels in excess of World Health Organization guidelines. Air pollution from human sources may also affect precipitation in Costa Rica's famed mountain "cloud forest" wildlife preserves.