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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing • Open Access

Monitoring of atmospheric nitrogen dioxide using Ozone Monitoring Instrument remote sensing data
Author(s): Zhongyong Xiao; Hong Jiang; Xiaodong Song; Xiuying Zhang

Paper Abstract

Measurements from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument are used to investigate the temporal and spatial dynamics of global nitrogen dioxide (NO 2 ). The results show that the global tropospheric column NO 2 increased by 11.10% during 2005 to 2010 at a 1.76% annual growth rate. The largest tropospheric and total NO 2 columns are mainly concentrated in the industrialized regions of North America, Europe, and east Asia. The large values of column NO 2 are also observed and scattered in South America, Africa, and Indonesia due to biomass burning and savannah fires. Average tropospheric column NO 2 increased by 32.62% at a 4.82% annual rate over eastern Asia. On the contrary, the trend decreased by 35.47% at a 7.04% annual rate over eastern America. The trend was not significant over Europe as a whole, where a decrease was observed over western and southern Europe and an increase was observed over eastern and northern Europe. Over the polluted urban areas, the ratios of tropospheric to total column NO 2 are larger than 0.6 and the correlation coefficients are larger than 0.8. This can be mainly attributed to the anthropogenic NO x emissions over land, and it is noteworthy that the ratios are higher than 0.8 (correlation coefficients <0.95 ) over northern China.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 July 2013
PDF: 13 pages
J. Appl. Remote Sens. 7(1) 073534 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.7.073534
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 7, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Zhongyong Xiao, Jimei Univ. (China)
Hong Jiang, Nanjing Univ. (China)
Xiaodong Song, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Xiuying Zhang, Nanjing Univ. (China)


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