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Tropospheric formaldehyde measurements from the ESA GOME instrument
Author(s): Kelly Van Chance; Robert J. D. Spurr; Thomas P. Kurosu; Paul I. Palmer; Randall V. Martin; Arlene Fiore; Q. Li; Daniel J. Jacob
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Paper Abstract

The Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment (GOME) was launched on the European Space Agency's ERS-2 satellite in April 20, 1995. GOME measures the Earth's atmosphere in the nadir geometry, using a set of spectrometers that cover the UV and visible (240 - 790 nm) at moderate resolution (0.2 nm in the UV, 0.4 nm in the visible), employing silicon diode array detectors. GOME takes some 30,000 spectra per day, obtaining full global coverage in three days. We directly fit GOME radiance spectra using nonlinear least-squares analysis to obtain column amounts of several trace species with significant tropospheric concentrations, including ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and formaldehyde (HCHO). Measurements of HCHO due to biogenic activity in the troposphere are presented here.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2001
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4150, Optical Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds II, (21 February 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.416945
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Kelly Van Chance, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Robert J. D. Spurr, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Thomas P. Kurosu, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Paul I. Palmer, Harvard Univ. (United States)
Randall V. Martin, Harvard Univ. (United States)
Arlene Fiore, Harvard Univ. (United States)
Q. Li, Harvard Univ. (United States)
Daniel J. Jacob, Harvard Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4150:
Optical Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds II
Yasuhiro Sasano; Jinxue Wang; Tadahiro Hayasaka, Editor(s)

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