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Author(s): P. F. Levelt; G. H. J. van den Oord; M. Dobber; H. Eskes; M. van Weele; P. Veefkind; R. van Oss; I. Aben; R. T. Jongma; J. Landgraf; J. de Vries; H. Visser
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Paper Abstract

TROPOMI (Tropospheric Ozone-Monitoring Instrument) is a five-channel UV-VIS-NIR-SWIR non-scanning nadir viewing imaging spectrometer that combines a wide swath (114°) with high spatial resolution (10 × 10 km2 ). The instrument heritage consists of GOME on ERS-2, SCIAMACHY on Envisat and, especially, OMI on EOS-Aura. TROPOMI has even smaller ground pixels than OMI-Aura but still exceeds OMI's signal-to-noise performance. These improvements optimize the possibility to retrieve tropospheric trace gases. In addition, the SWIR capabilities of TROPOMI are far better than SCIAMACHY's both in terms of spatial resolution and signal to noise performance. TROPOMI is part of the TRAQ payload, a mission proposed in response to ESA's EOEP call. The TRAQ mission will fly in a non-sun synchronous drifting orbit at about 720 km altitude providing nearly global coverage. TROPOMI measures in the UV-visible wavelength region (270-490 nm), in a near-infrared channel (NIR) in the 710-775 nm range and has a shortwave infrared channel (SWIR) near 2.3 μm. The wide swath angle, in combination with the drifting orbit, allows measuring a location up to 5 times a day at 1.5-hour intervals. The spectral resolution is about 0.45 nm for UVVIS- NIR and 0.25 nm for SWIR. Radiometric calibration will be maintained via solar irradiance measurements using various diffusers. The instrument will carry on-board calibration sources like LEDs and a white light source. Innovative aspects include the use of improved detectors in order to improve the radiation hardness and the spatial sampling capabilities. Column densities of trace gases (NO2, O3, SO2 and HCHO) will be derived using primarily the Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS) method. The NIR channel serves to obtain information on clouds and the aerosol height distribution that is needed for tropospheric retrievals. A trade-off study will be conducted whether the SWIR channel, included to determine column densities of CO and CH4, will be incorporated in TROPOMI or in the Fourier Transform Spectrometer SIFTI on TRAQ. The TROPI instrument is similar to the complete TROPOMI instrument (UV-VIS-NIR-SWIR) and is proposed for the CAMEO initiative, as described for the U.S. NRC Decadal Study on Earth Science and Applications from Space. CAMEO also uses a non-synchronous drifting orbit, but at a higher altitude (around 1500 km). The TROPI instrument design is a modification of the TROPOMI design to achieve identical coverage and ground pixel sizes from a higher altitude. In this paper capabilities of TROPOMI and TROPI are discussed with emphasis on the UV-VIS-NIR channels as the TROPOMI SWIR channel is described in a separate contribution [5].

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6296, Earth Observing Systems XI, 629619 (7 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.680582
Show Author Affiliations
P. F. Levelt, Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (Netherlands)
G. H. J. van den Oord, Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (Netherlands)
M. Dobber, Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (Netherlands)
H. Eskes, Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (Netherlands)
M. van Weele, Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (Netherlands)
P. Veefkind, Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (Netherlands)
R. van Oss, Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (Netherlands)
I. Aben, Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
R. T. Jongma, Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
J. Landgraf, Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
J. de Vries, Dutch Space B.V. (Netherlands)
H. Visser, TNO Science and Industry (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6296:
Earth Observing Systems XI
James J. Butler, Editor(s)

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