Published on 23 November 2021
Since the beginning of November 2021, meteorological conditions in the Kashmir Valley have been marked by cold temperatures and a lack of wind. According to experts at the Kashmir Meteorological Institute, these weather conditions have prevented the dispersion of air pollutants, primarily exhaust fumes from road traffic, as well as smoke from the widespread practice of “stubble burning” in the valley. This has resulted in a deterioration of air quality throughout the area and the formation of the thick layer of smog visible in the image captured by Sentinel-3.
Complementing Copernicus satellite data, the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) monitors and forecasts air quality on a global scale by assessing and forecasting the concentration of air pollutants, as well as their transport and dispersion.