Articles | Volume 9, issue 11
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 5423–5440, 2016

Special issue: TROPOMI on Sentinel-5 Precursor: data products and...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 5423–5440, 2016

Research article 09 Nov 2016

Research article | 09 Nov 2016

The operational methane retrieval algorithm for TROPOMI

Haili Hu et al.

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Short summary
In 2017, the TROPOMI spectrometer will be launched on board the Sentinel 5 Precursor satellite. It will deliver, among other things, daily global measurements of methane as part of the Copernicus atmospheric services. In this paper, we present the algorithm that is used for operational data processing of the methane product from TROPOMI measurements of the shortwave and near-infrared spectral range, and we discuss its performance using realistic simulated measurements.