The OMI/Aura level-2 near UV Aerosol data product 'OMAERUV', recently re-processed using an enhanced algorithm, is now released (April 2012) to the public. The data is available from the NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC), http://disc.gsfc.nasa.gov/Aura/OMI/omaeruv_v003.shtml
NASA Aura satellite sensors are tracking important atmospheric ... pollutants from space since its launch in July, 2004. The Ozone Monitoring Instrument(OMI), one of the four Aura satellite sensors with its 2600 km viewing swath width provides daily global measurements of four important US Environmental Protection Agency criteria pollutants (Tropospheric ozone, Nitrogen dioxide,Sulfur dioxide and Aerosols from biomass burning and industrial emissions, HCHO, BrO, OClO and surface UV irradiance.
OMI is a contribution of the Netherlands Agency for Aerospace Programs (NIVR)in collaboration with Finish Meterological Institute (FMI), to the US EOS-Aura Mission. The principal investigator (Dr. Pieternel Levelt) institute is the KNMI (Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute).
The Level-2 OMI Aerosol Product OMAERUV from the Aura-OMI is now available from NASAs GSFC Earth Sciences (GES) Data and Information Services Center (DISC) for public access. OMAERUV retrieval algorithm is developed by the US OMI Team Scientists. Dr. Omar Torres (GSFC/NASA) is the principal investigator of this product. The OMAERUV product contains Aerosol Absorption and Aerosol Extinction Optical Depths, and Single Scattering Albedo at three different wavelengths (354, 388 and 500 nm), Aerosol Index, and other ancillary and geolocation parameters, in the OMI field of view (13x24 km). Another standard OMI aerosol product is OMAERO, that is based on the KNMI multi-wavelength spectral fitting algorithm.
OMAERUV 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 OMAERUV data product is about 6 Mbytes.
The OMAERUV data file contains a swath which consists of two groups:
Data fields: Total Aerosol Optical Depth (extinction optical depth) and Aerosol Absorption Optical Depths (at 354, 388 and 500 nm), Single Scattering Albedo, UV Aerosol Index, Visible Aerosol Index, and other intermediate and ancillary parameters (e.g. Estimates of Aerosol Total Extinction and Absorption Optical Depths and Single Scattering Albedo at five atmospheric levels, Aerosol Type, Aerosol Layer Height, Normalized Radiance, Lambert equivalent Reflectivity, Surface Albedo, Imaginary Component of Refractive Index) and Data Quality Flags.
Near real-time (NRT) data are available from OMI for certain L2 and L3 products. Whereas the standard OMI forward processing acquires 2-hour L0 files from the GES DISC within 6-7 hours of real time, LANCE-OMI acquires session-based L0 files from EDOS and the end of the session is available within 10-30 minutes after real time.
This Data set (third public release in collection 3) is better than the earlier released products but it is not fully validated yet. Before using it in any trend analysis please contact algorithm team lead for the current known problems and updates. http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/Aura/OMI/omaeruv_v003.shtml
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