The GOME-2 instrument on the Metop series of satellites: instrument design, calibration, and level 1 data processing – an overview
- 1EUMETSAT, Eumetsat-Allee 1, Darmstadt, Germany
- 2European Space Agency – European Space Research & Technology Centre (ESA-ESTEC), Noordwijk, the Netherlands
- 3European Space Agency – European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ESA-ECSAT), Didcot, Oxfordshire, UK
Abstract. The Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment-2 (GOME-2) flies on the Metop series of satellites, the space component of the EUMETSAT Polar System. In this paper we will provide an overview of the instrument design, the on-ground calibration and characterization activities, in-flight calibration, and level 0 to 1 data processing. The current status of the level 1 data is presented and points of specific relevance to users are highlighted. Long-term level 1 data consistency is also discussed and plans for future work are outlined. The information contained in this paper summarizes a large number of technical reports and related documents containing information that is not currently available in the published literature. These reports and documents are however made available on the EUMETSAT web pages and readers requiring more details than can be provided in this overview paper will find appropriate references at relevant points in the text.