GOME-2 delivers its first ozone and nitrogen dioxide measurements

GOME-2 delivers its first ozone and nitrogen dioxide measurements

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14 March 2007: The Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment-2 (GOME-2) on board MetOp-A has delivered the first geophysical products for monitoring the Earth’s ozone layer, and European and global air quality.GOME-2 monitors the ozone layer amount from day to day on a global basis, and will track the evolution of the ozone-hole above Antarctica during austral spring.

This marks the start of a long-term European commitment to monitor the recovery of the ozone layer and to support the monitoring and forecasting of air quality, both for European citizens and at a global level. The products have been developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in partnership with EUMETSAT’s Satellite Application Facility on Ozone and Atmospheric Chemistry Monitoring (O3M SAF), which is coordinated by the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI). The O3M SAF generates, validates, archives and distributes atmospheric ozone, trace gases, aerosols and surface-ultraviolet radiation data products using measurements from MetOp-A.