Satellite Specifications Table

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NOTE: Webpage still under development. The table and other information are being used as a template!

On this page we provide a user-friendly look-up table of satellite specifications for GEOS-Chem users interested in assessing the model against space-based observations.

General Satellite and Instrument Information

If you have used or are using space-based observations we invite you to add information to the table below.

Instrument Satellite Launch Date Orbit Equator Crossing Time Footprint Swath Width Global Coverage
Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment (GOME) ERS-2 April 1995 sun-synchronous 10h30 LT (descending node) 320x40 km2 960 km < 3 days
Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) NASA EOS/Terra December 1999 sun-synchronous 10h30 LT (descending node) 14.6x17.6 km2 (for aerosol properties) 400 km 9 days
Tropospheric Emissions Spectrometer (TES) NASA EOS/Terra December 1999 sun-synchronous 10h30 LT (descending node)
Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Cartography (SCIAMACHY) ESA ENVISAT March 2002 sun-synchronous 10h30 LT (descending node) 60x30 km2 960 km 6 days
Atmospheric InfraRed Sounder (AIRS) NASA EOS/Aqua May 2002 sun-synchronous 13h30 LT (ascending node) 13.5 km (nadir) 1650 km 1 day
Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) NASA EOS/Aura July 2004 sun-synchronous 13h45 LT (ascending node) 13x24 km2 (nadir) 2600 km 1 day
Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment-2 (GOME-2) ESA MetOpA October 2006 sun-synchronous 09h30 LT (descending node) 80x40 km2 1920 km 1.5 days
Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) ESA MetOpA October 2006 sun-synchronous 09h30 LT (descending node) 12 km diameter x 4 pixels 2200 km 1 day
Thermal And Near infrared Sensor for carbon Observations - Fourier Transform Spectrometer (TANSO-FTS) GOSAT January 2009 sun-synchronous 13h00 LT (descending node) 10.5 km diameter 1000 km (Channel 1-3); 750 km (Channel 4) 3 days
Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS)
Measurements Of Pollution In The Troposphere (MOPITT)

Satellite-Observed Species Information

If you have used GEOS-Chem results in a model intercomparison study, we invite you to add your information to the table below.

Species (Instrument) Version and Level Retrieval Spectrum Spectral Resolution DoFS Uncertainty Download link References Current Data Users
POLARCAT Model Intercomparison Gas phase species, including O3, CO, NO, NO2, PAN, HNO3, NOy, H2O, C2H6, C3H8, C2H2, acetone, acetaldehyde and OH Jingqiu Mao (NOAA/GFDL) 2008 Phase-1 is done. Now phase-2 is in progress. N/A Simulations include a 1-year spin-up period (2007) and a full 12-month integration (Jan-Dec 2008) which will be used for comparison with long-term monthly-mean surface observations and satellite fields for 2008.
  • Anthropogenic and ship emissions - David Streets global emission dataset for 2008 (STREETS);
  • Biomass burning emissions: FINNv1 (Fire INventory from NCAR, version 1, from Christine Wiedinmyer) daily biomass burning emissions for 2008, based on MODIS fire counts.