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Remote sensing from geostationary orbit: GEO TROPSAT, a new concept for atmospheric remote sensing
Author(s): Alan D. Little; Doreen Osowski Neil; Glen William Sachse; Jack Fishman; Arlin J. Krueger
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Paper Abstract

The geostationary tropospheric pollution satellite (GEO TROPSAT) mission is a new approach to measuring the critical constituents of tropospheric ozone chemistry: ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and aerosols. The GEO TROPSAT mission comprises a constellation of three instruments flying as secondary payloads on geostationary communications satellites around the world. This proposed approach can significantly reduce the cost of getting a science payload to geostationary orbit and also generates revenue for the satellite owners. The geostationary vantage point enables simultaneous high temporal and spatial resolution measurement of tropospheric trace gases, leading to greatly improved atmospheric ozone chemistry knowledge. The science data processing, conducted as a research (not operational) activity, will provide atmospheric trace gas data many times per day over the same region at better than 25 km ground footprint. The high temporal resolution identifies short time scale processes, diurnal variations, seasonal trends, and interannual variation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 December 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3221, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites, (31 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.298116
Show Author Affiliations
Alan D. Little, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Doreen Osowski Neil, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Glen William Sachse, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Jack Fishman, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Arlin J. Krueger, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3221:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites
Hiroyuki Fujisada, Editor(s)

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