Articles | Volume 9, issue 3
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 1279–1301, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-1279-2016

Special issue: GOME-2: calibration, algorithms, data products and...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 1279–1301, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-1279-2016

Research article 24 Mar 2016

Research article | 24 Mar 2016

The GOME-2 instrument on the Metop series of satellites: instrument design, calibration, and level 1 data processing – an overview

Rosemary Munro1, Rüdiger Lang1, Dieter Klaes1, Gabriele Poli1, Christian Retscher1, Rasmus Lindstrot1, Roger Huckle1, Antoine Lacan1, Michael Grzegorski1, Andriy Holdak1, Alexander Kokhanovsky1, Jakob Livschitz2, and Michael Eisinger3 Rosemary Munro et al.
  • 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.

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The Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment-2 (GOME-2) flies on the Metop series of satellites. 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 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.