Air Quality Remote Sensing Program
Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment-2 (GOME-2)
The Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment-2 (GOME-2) is one of the next-generation
European instruments carried on MetOp (Meteorological Operations Platform) and will
continue the long-term monitoring of atmospheric ozone started by
on European Remote Sensing (ERS-2) and SCanning Imaging Absorption SpectroMeter for Atmospheric
CHartographY (SCIAMACHY) on Envisat. The more
advanced GOME-2 is set to
make a significant contribution towards climate and atmospheric research, while
providing near real-time data for use in air quality forecasting.
The GOME-2 air
quality products at NOAA
will include trace gases (ozone, NO2,
H2CO, glyoxal) and aerosols, which will be operational in the future.
Based on the latest ESA
the first in the new European series of operational meteorological
satellites in polar orbit, is now scheduled
for launch on 17 October 2006.
The new date was established last week following various planning meetings between the partners
and Starsem, the launcher company."
About the GOME-2 Spectrometer
The Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment-2 (GOME-2) is a spectrometer that
measures both the radiance component of the light reflected by the Sun-
illuminated Earth's atmosphere and the direct Sun light. The
measurements are used to obtain a detailed information on global trace
gas distributions of ozone, nitrogen dioxide, water vapor, bromine oxide
and other trace gases as well as aerosol properties. (Image and description of
the spectrometer courtesy of the
Institute for Space Research.)