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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 3133-3149, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-3133-2017
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Research article
01 Sep 2017
The version 3 OMI NO2 standard product
Nickolay A. Krotkov1, Lok N. Lamsal2,1, Edward A. Celarier2,1, William H. Swartz3,1, Sergey V. Marchenko4,1, Eric J. Bucsela5, Ka Lok Chan6, Mark Wenig6, and Marina Zara7 1Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA
2GESTAR, Universities Space Research Association, Columbia, Maryland, USA
3Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland, USA
4Science Systems and Applications, Inc., Lanham, Maryland, USA
5SRI International, Menlo Park, California, USA
6Department of Physics, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany
7Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), De Bilt, the Netherlands
Abstract. We describe the new version 3.0 NASA Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) standard nitrogen dioxide (NO2) products (SPv3). The products and documentation are publicly available from the NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (https://disc.gsfc.nasa.gov/datasets/OMNO2_V003/summary/). The major improvements include (1) a new spectral fitting algorithm for NO2 slant column density (SCD) retrieval and (2) higher-resolution (1° latitude and 1.25° longitude) a priori NO2 and temperature profiles from the Global Modeling Initiative (GMI) chemistry–transport model with yearly varying emissions to calculate air mass factors (AMFs) required to convert SCDs into vertical column densities (VCDs). The new SCDs are systematically lower (by ∼ 10–40 %) than previous, version 2, estimates. Most of this reduction in SCDs is propagated into stratospheric VCDs. Tropospheric NO2 VCDs are also reduced over polluted areas, especially over western Europe, the eastern US, and eastern China. Initial evaluation over unpolluted areas shows that the new SPv3 products agree better with independent satellite- and ground-based Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) measurements. However, further evaluation of tropospheric VCDs is needed over polluted areas, where the increased spatial resolution and more refined AMF estimates may lead to better characterization of pollution hot spots.

Citation: Krotkov, N. A., Lamsal, L. N., Celarier, E. A., Swartz, W. H., Marchenko, S. V., Bucsela, E. J., Chan, K. L., Wenig, M., and Zara, M.: The version 3 OMI NO2 standard product, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 3133-3149, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-3133-2017, 2017.
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We describe the new version 3 OMI NO2 standard product (SPv3) based on significant improvements in both the estimation of the SCDs and the AMFs. The new SCDs and stratospheric VCDs are systematically lower (by ~ 10–40 %) than previous estimates. Tropospheric VCDs are also reduced over polluted areas. Initial evaluation over unpolluted areas has shown that the new SPv3 products agree better with independent satellite- and ground-based FTIR measurements.
We describe the new version 3 OMI NO2 standard product (SPv3) based on significant improvements...
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