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Pollen Outlook Using Satellite Data

Airmine generates pollen predictions at a 3-kilometer resolution, with plans to refine the forecast to an accuracy as precise as 100 meters.

October 3, 2023
Pollen forecast by Airmine.
Pollen forecast by Airmine.

Airmine received support from both the Norwegian Space Agency and ESA to utilize data from the Sentinel-2 satellite, in combination with ground samples, for the purpose of mapping allergenic vegetation in Norway. 

Utilizing geolocation on trees bearing allergenic pollen types and analyzing the shifts in their wavelengths from winter to summer, along with machine learning, can Airmine determine the abundance of that specific allergenic tree type within the area. 

This is how Airmine creates pollen forecasts with a 3-kilometer resolution. The plan is to improve the forecast to a resolution as fine as 100 meters.

Current pollen forecasting services provide pollen information at county level, resulting in limited resolution.

Airmine has successfully introduced its pollen forecasting service to multiple Norwegian municipalities, with a particular focus on the inland areas of Eastern Norway and the West Coast. The company plans to expand the service to the rest of Scandinavia, as well as to both the EU and the USA.