OMI/Aura Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) Total and Tropospheric Column 1-orbit L2 Swath 13x24 km V003 (OMNO2) at GES DISCEntry ID: GES_DISC_OMNO2_V003
Abstract: The second release of collection 3 OMI/Aura Level-2 NO2 data product OMNO2 is now available (http://disc.gsfc.nasa.gov/Aura/OMI/omno2_v003.shtml ) to public and science community from the NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC).
The Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) 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 Meterological 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, NO2) and ozone depleting gases (OClO and BrO). OMI sensor counts, calibrated and geolocated radiances, and all derived geophysical atmospheric products are archived at the NASA Goddard DAAC.
The Nitrogen Dioxide Product 'OMNO2' contains slant column NO2 (total amount along the optical path from the sun into the atmosphere, and then toward the satellite), the total vertical column NO2, the estimated tropospheric contribution to the total NO2 column, NO2 column hidden by any clouds in the OMI field of view, and other ancillary data.
Nitrogen dioxide is an important chemical species in both the stratosphere, where it plays a key role in ozone chemistry, and in the troposphere, where it is a precursor to ozone production. In the troposphere, it is produced in various combustion processes and in lightning and is an indicator of poor air quality.
The shortname for this Level-2 OMI total column NO2 product is OMNO2 and the algorithm leads for this product are NASA OMI scientist Dr. Nickolay A. Krotkov and KNMI Scientist Dr.Pepijn J. Veefkind.
OMNO2 files are stored in EOS Hierarchical Data Format (HDF-EOS5). Each file contains data from the day lit portion of an orbit (~53 minutes). There are approximately 14 orbits per day. The maximum file size for the OMNO2 data product is about 15 Mbytes.
A list of tools for browsing and extracting data from these files can be found at:
A short OMNO2 Readme Document that includes brief algorithm description and a
document that provides known data quality related issues are also provided by the OMNO2 Algorithm leads (see http://disc.gsfc.nasa.gov/Aura/OMI/omno2_v003.shtml)
For more information on Ozone Monitoring Instrument and atmospheric data products, please visit the OMI-Aura sites:
Data Category &Parameters:
The OMNO2 data file contains one swath which consists of two groups:
Slant Column NO2 (total amount along the optical path from the sun into the
atmosphere and then toward the satellite), The Total Vertical Column NO2, and
the Estimated Tropospheric Contribution to the Total Column NO2, and Other
Ancillary Data including Data Quality Flags, Measures of Precision, Quality
Assurance (QA) information.
Latitude, Longitude, Time, Relative Azimuth, Solar Zenith andAzimuth,
Viewing Zenith and Azimuth angles, Spacecraft Altitude, Latitude,
Longitude, Terrain Height, Ground Pixel Quality Flags.
OMI Atmospheric data and documents are available from the following sites:
(Click for Interactive Map)
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: OMI SIPS
Dataset Title: OMI/Aura Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) Total and Tropospheric Column 1-orbit L2 Swath 13x24 km
Dataset Series Name: OMNO2
Dataset Release Date: July 2012
Dataset Release Place: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Data Presentation Form: Digital Science DataOnline Resource: http://disc.gsfc.nasa.gov/Aura/OMI/omno2_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
AGRICULTURE > SOILS > NITROGEN
ATMOSPHERE > AIR QUALITY > NITROGEN OXIDES > NITROGEN OXIDES
ATMOSPHERE > AIR QUALITY
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY > TRACE GASES/TRACE SPECIES
HUMAN DIMENSIONS > ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS > INDUSTRIAL EMISSIONS
ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY > NITROGEN COMPOUNDS > NITROGEN DIOXIDE > TOTAL AND TROPOSPHERIC NITROGEN DIOXIDE (NO2)
ISO Topic Category
Quality The current product is the second public release in collecton 003. It is based on an improved NO2 retrieval algorithm. For details, please see documents provided on OMNO2 data archive site: http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/Aura/OMI/omno2_v003.shtml
Use Constraints This Data set (version 003/second public release) is better than the earlier version but it is not fully validated yet. Before using it in any publication please contact algorithm team lead for the current known problems and updates and see data quality documents available at the product information site http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/Aura/OMI/omno2_v003.shtml
Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: Approx 35 MB per file
Distribution Format: HDF-EOS5
Email: Nickolay.A.Krotkov at nasa.gov
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Mailstop 613.3
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
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
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2000-06-15
Last DIF Revision Date: 2001-12-07