Title Design of a Prototype CitySat
Type Workshop
Abstract The Workshop on a Design for a Prototype CitySat, organized by Robert Harriss, was held on 7-8 August 2002 at NCAR in Boulder, Colorado. The workshop focused on the design of a dedicated mission for observing or inferring regional urban/industrial thermal and air pollution footprints from space. The objective of the workshop was to design a prototype small satellite mission that will assess the role and importance of a new generation of space technologies for determining the regional and global consequences of urban/industrial centers. The workshop reviewed the scientific rationale and requirements, sensor and mission design options, and information system strategies for a prototype CitySat. The workshop is part of a multiyear initiative headed by Harriss, that will: 1) examine the interactions of various factors that influence atmospheric gas and particle emissions from cities; (2) propose new modeling and measuring techniques; and (3) examine ways to design and plan sustainable urban environments.
Participants Robert Harriss
Start Date August 2002
Keywords Air Pollution
Human-Environment Interactions
Observing Systems
Remote Sensing
Societal Interactions
Urban Dynamics
Research Themes


"Because the pathway to sustainability cannot be charted in advance, it will have to be navigated through trial and error and conscious experimentation. The urgent need is to design strategies and institutions that can better integrate incomplete knowledge with experimental action into programs of adaptive management and social learning."
NRC, Our Common Journey (1999)