OMI/Aura Level 1B VIS Global Geolocated Earth Shine Radiances 1-orbit L2 Swath 13x24 km V003 (OML1BRVG) at GES DISCEntry ID: GES_DISC_OML1BRVG_V003
Abstract: The Level-1B (L1B) Radiance Product OML1BRVG (Version-3) from the Aura-OMI is now available (http://disc.gsfc.nasa.gov/Aura/OMI/oml1brvg_v003.shtml) to public from the NASA GSFC Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC).
The Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI), an ultraviolet-visible imaging spectrometer was launched aboard the EOS-Aura satellite on July 15, ... 2004(1:38 pm equator crossing time, ascending mode). OMI with its 2600 km viewing swath width provides almost daily global coverage. OMI is a contribution of the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) in collaboration with Finish Meteorological Institute (FMI), to the US EOS-Aura Mission. The principal investigator's (Dr. Pieternel Levelt) institute is the KNMI (Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute). OMI is designed to monitor stratospheric and tropospheric ozone, clouds, aerosols and smoke from biomass burning, SO2 from volcanic eruptions, and key tropospheric pollutants (HCHO and NO2) and ozone depleting gases (OClO and BrO).
OMI calibrated and geolocated radiances for the channels in the UV1 (264-311 nm), UV2 (307-383 nm), and VIS(349-504) regions, spectral irradiances, calibration measurements, and all derived geophysical atmospheric products are archived at the NASA Goddard DAAC.
The shortname for this OMI Level-1B Product is OML1BRVG and the lead algorithm scientist for this product is Dr. Marcel Dobber from the KNMI.
The OMI Level 1B Visible Radiance Global Product OML1BRVG contains geolocated
measurements of the earth radiances from the VIS detectors (349-504 nm,751 channels).
In the standard global measurement mode, OMI observes 60 ground pixels (13 km x 24 km at nadir) across the swath for each of the 557 channels of UV2 (307-383 nm) and VIS (349-504 nm) and 30 ground pixels (13 km x 48 km at nadir) for the 159 channels of UV1 (264-311 nm).
Once a month in one orbit OMI performs dark measurements, it does not perform radiance measurements.
In addition, OMI performs spatial zoom measurements one day per month. For that day, this product also contains VIS measurements that are rebinned from the spatial zoom-in measurements. In original spatial zoom mode the nadir ground pixel size is 13 x 12 km and measurements are available only for the UV2 and VIS wavelengths (306 to 432 nm).
OML1BRVG files are stored in EOS Hierarchical Data Format (HDF-EOS 2.4) which is based on HDF4. The radiance for the earth measurements (also referred as signal) and its precision are stored as a 16 bit mantissa and an 8-bit exponent. The signal can be computed using the equation: signal = signal_mantissa x 10 exponent . For the precision, the same exponent is used as for the signal. Each file contains data from the day lit portion of an orbit (~53 minutes) and is roughly 565 MB in size. There are approximately 15 orbits per day. For browsing and extracting data from these files, some software and tools are made available from the site:
A list of all of the OMI data products and the documents related to algorithm, data quality and file format specifics are available from the site:
For more information on Ozone Monitoring Instrument and atmospheric
data products, please visit the OMI-Aura sites:
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: OMI SIPS
Dataset Title: OMI/Aura Level 1B VIS Global Geolocated Earth Shine Radiances 1-orbit L2 Swath 13x24 km
Dataset Series Name: OML1BRVG
Dataset Release Date: 2007
Dataset Release Place: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Data Presentation Form: Digital Science DataOnline Resource: http://disc.gsfc.nasa.gov/Aura/OMI/oml1brvg_v003.shtml
Start Date: 2004-10-01
Latitude Resolution: 13 km
Longitude Resolution: 24 km
Horizontal Resolution Range: 10 km - < 50 km or approximately .09 degree - < .5 degree
Vertical Resolution: Approx 80 km (atmospheric column)
Vertical Resolution Range: Vertical Resolution Ranges
Temporal Resolution: Approx 1 hour (day time orbit)
Temporal Resolution Range: Hourly - < Daily
ISO Topic Category
Quality The version 003 Level-1B product is the first public release. The
quality of this product is not fully validated yet.
Use Constraints This Level-1B Data set (version 003/first public release) is not fully
validated yet. Before using it in any publication please
contact algorithm team leads for the current known problems and
Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: Approx 565 MB per file
Distribution Format: HDF-EOS
KNMI P.O.Box 201
City: De Bilt
Province or State: AE
Postal Code: 3730
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: Suraiya.Ahmad at nasa.gov
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Code 610.2
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Ahmad, S. P., P. F. Levelt, P. K. Bhartia, E. Hilsenrath, G. W.
Leppelmeier,and J. E. Johnson, &Atmospheric Products from the
Ozone Monitoring Instrument(OMI)&, Proceedings of SPIE
conference on Earth Observing Systems VIII, San Diego,
California, Aug 3-8, 2003.
Bhartia, P. K., P. F. Levelt, J. Tamminen, O. Torres, Recent results from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on EOS Aura, Proceedings of SPIE conference on Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds, Volume 6408, Si-Chee Tsay et al. (Ed.), 64080Y, Goa, India, Nov 28, 2006
Brinksma, E. J., K. F. Boersma, and P. F. Levelt, OMI-Validation
Requirements, May 16, 2003.
Dirksen, R., M.R. Dobber, R. Voors and P. Levelt, Pre-launch characterization of the Ozone Monitoring Instrument transfer function in the spectral domain, Appl. Optics, 2006, 45, no 17, 3972-3981 . Full paper (PDF - 0,8 Mb).
Dobber, M.R., R. Dirksen, P. Levelt, G.H.J. van den Oord, R. Voors, Q. Kleipool, G. Jaross, M. Kowalewski, E. Hilsenrath, G. Leppelmeier, J. de Vries, W. Dierssen and N. Rozemeijer, Ozone Monitoring Instrument calibration, IEEE Trans. Geo. Rem. Sens., 2006, Vol. 44, No. 5, 1209-1238, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2006.869987. http://www.knmi.nl/omi/documents/publications/2005-05_Applied_Optic...
Dobber, M.R., R. Dirksen, P. Levelt, G.H.J. van den Oord, R. Voors, Q. Kleipool, G. Jaross en M. Kowalewski, Ozone Monitoring Instrument in-flight performance and calibration, Proceedings SPIE Optical Systems Design 2005, 12-16 September 2005, Jena, Germany, 2006
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2007-08-03
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-04-29