The ozone monitoring instrument

P.F. Levelt, G.H.J. Van Den Oord, M.R. Dobber, A. Mälkki, H. Visser, J. De Vries, P. Stammes, J.O.V. Lundell, Heikki Saari

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    The Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) flies on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Earth Observing System Aura satellite launched in July 2004. OMI is a ultraviolet/visible (UV/VIS) nadir solar backscatter spectrometer, which provides nearly global coverage in one day with a spatial resolution of 13 km/spl times/24 km. Trace gases measured include O/sub 3/, NO/sub 2/, SO/sub 2/, HCHO, BrO, and OClO. In addition, OMI will measure aerosol characteristics, cloud top heights, and UV irradiance at the surface. OMI's unique capabilities for measuring important trace gases with a small footprint and daily global coverage will be a major contribution to our understanding of stratospheric and tropospheric chemistry and climate change. OMI's high spatial resolution is unprecedented and will enable detection of air pollution on urban scale resolution. In this paper, the instrument and its performance will be discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1093-1100
    Number of pages8
    JournalIEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • air quality
    • atmospheric research
    • ozone
    • ozone depletion
    • ozone layer
    • ultraviolet
    • ultraviolet satellite instruments
    • visible satellite instruments
    • satellite
    • satellite surveillance


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