Satellite Specifications Table

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NOTE: Webpage still under development.

On this page we provide user-friendly look-up tables of (1) general satellite and instrument specifications, and (2) species-specific retrieval information , data links and relevant references 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 (or update) information to the table below. Data are added in chronological order, using satellite launch date.

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
Measurements Of Pollution In The Troposphere (MOPITT) NASA EOS/Terra December 1999 sun-synchronous 10h30 LT (descending node) 22x22 km2 (nadir) 620 km 3 days
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
Tropospheric Emissions Spectrometer (TES) NASA EOS/Aura July 2004 sun-synchronous 13h45 LT (ascending node) 0.53x5.3 km2 5.3x8.5 km2 16 days
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

--Emarais 11:16, 1 May 2013 (EDT)

Satellite-Observed Species Information

NOTE: table below is still in development!

Species (Instrument) Version Retrieval Spectrum Spectral Resolution DoFS Uncertainty Download link References Current Data Users
CH4 (SCIAMACHY) 5.5 (IMAP) 1630-1670 nm (Channel 6; SWIR) 0.2-1.5 nm (full spectral range) TBC TBC Frankenberg et al., 2005; 2011 Eloïse Marais
CH4 (TANSO-FTS) Rob Parker's retrieval (Level 1B) 1.61 and 1.65 μm (SWIR) 0.3 cm-1 1.0-1.5 TBC Yokota et al., 2009; Connor et al., 2008; Butz et al., 2010; 2011; Parker et al., 2011 Alex Turner; Kevin Wecht
CO (AIRS) 5 (Level 2) 4.7 μm n/Dn ~ 1200 0.8 (daytime over land) -- McMillan et al., 2005; 2008; 2011; Warner et al., 2007; 2010 Patrick Kim; Eloïse Marais
CO (IASI) --- 645-2760 cm-1 0.5 cm-1 1-2 10% Clerbaux et al., 2009; George et al., 2009 Jenny Fisher
CO (TES) 4 TBC TBC TBC TBC Worden et al., 2006; Bowman et al., 2006; Osterman, 2007 TBC
CO (MLS) 3 TBC TBC TBC TBC Livesey et al., 2011; 2013 TBC