Monday, August 4, 2014

Ten years of Aura


it has been 10 years since the launch of NASA's Aura spacecraft. One of the instruments on board—among MLS, TES, HIRDLS—is the Dutch-Finnish Ozone Monitoring instrument (OMI), which continued the legacy of TOMS, GOME and SCIAMACHY instruments.

As my boss, OMI CO-PI Johanna Tamminen, would say
OMI is a nadir looking UV-VIS instrument which measures ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), aerosols, UV-radiation, and some other trace gases. The OMI has contributed strongly in our understanding of global distribution and variability of these constituents which play important roles for air quality and climate.
To celebrate the success. NASA has put together some news and videos. See
An Aura of Success
On the 10th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Aura spacecraft, we offer 10 examples of how the satellite has changed our view of dust, pollution, aerosols, and ozone in our atmosphere. Link
Ten-Year Endeavor: NASA’s Aura Tracks Pollutants
NASA’s Aura satellite, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year on July 15, has provided vital data about the cause, concentrations and impact of major air pollutants. With its four instruments measuring various gas concentrations, Aura gives a comprehensive view of one of the most important parts of Earth — the atmosphere. Link

This year's Aura Science Team Meeting and 10th year anniversary celebration will be held from Monday Sept. 15 to Thursday Sept. 18, 2014 at College Park, MD, USA. More information from this link. Note Johanna's presentation "Ten years of OMI measurements in Finland – a high latitude perspective".



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