Articles | Volume 13, issue 3
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1413–1426, 2020

Special issue: TROPOMI on Sentinel-5 Precursor: first year in operation (AMT/ACP...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1413–1426, 2020
Research article
30 Mar 2020
Research article | 30 Mar 2020

Shipborne MAX-DOAS measurements for validation of TROPOMI NO2 products

Ping Wang et al.

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The comparison of shipborne MAX-DOAS and TROPOMI NO2 products is important for the evaluation of the TROPOMI products. The ship cruises were mainly over remote oceans, thus we only measured background tropospheric NO2. Stratospheric NO2 was measured more accurately because there was almost no contamination from tropospheric NO2. We found that the TROPOMI stratospheric NO2 vertical column densities were slightly higher than the MAX-DOAS measurements.