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Research article
15 Apr 2019
Research article |  | 15 Apr 2019

The OCO-3 mission: measurement objectives and expected performance based on 1 year of simulated data

Annmarie Eldering, Thomas E. Taylor, Christopher W. O'Dell, and Ryan Pavlick

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NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3) is scheduled for a 2019 launch to the International Space Station (ISS). It is expected to continue the record of column carbon dioxide (XCO2) and solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF) measurements from space used to study and constrain the Earth's carbon cycle. This work highlights the measurement objectives and uses simulated data to show that the expected instrument performance is on par with that of OCO-2.