Ten years of Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) observations (ACP/AMT inter-journal SI)(ACP/AMT inter-journal SI)
Ten years of Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) observations (ACP/AMT inter-journal SI)(ACP/AMT inter-journal SI)
Editor(s): V. Aquila, F. Boersma, B. N. Duncan, N. Kramarova, G. de Leeuw, A. Richter, V. Sofieva, P. Stammes, J. Tamminen, and T. Wagner Special issue jointly organized between Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics and Atmospheric Measurement Techniques
The Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) was launched on-board the Earth Observing System (EOS) Aura satellite on 15 July 2004 in a polar orbit with an afternoon equator crossing time near 13:30. OMI is a wide-swath, nadir-looking, push-broom imaging spectrometer, measuring Earth radiance and solar irradiance from ultraviolet to visible wavelengths (270–500 nm) with a spectral resolution of about 0.5 nm. The vertical columns of several trace gases are retrieved with better spatial and temporal sampling than previous instruments of its type. In particular, OMI observations of nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and formaldehyde have enabled new applications in air quality (e.g. emission estimates) and hazard monitoring (e.g. volcanic cloud detection for aviation safety). Observations of the ozone abundance and estimates of UV radiation at the ground are used to track the effects of the Montreal Protocol. OMI observations of tropospheric ozone and aerosols together with minor trace gases provide global input for climate research.

OMI is one of the four instruments on the Aura platform. Together with the three other instruments – the High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder (HIRDLS), the Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS), and the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES) – Aura has functioned as an integrated platform for atmospheric composition measurements. Aura is part of a constellation of satellites (including the Aqua platform) in similar afternoon orbits known as the A-train. Having many different types of instrumentation in this constellation allows for synergetic uses of the data sets.

In this OMI special issue, we highlight scientific research accomplished with 10 years of OMI atmospheric composition measurements, discuss recent improvements in OMI retrieval algorithms and methodologies to utilize the data, and present the status of various OMI data products.

The Dutch–Finnish OMI instrument is currently operational on the NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) Aura satellite and was developed under the assignment of the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) and Tekes – Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.

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24 Apr 2018
The Ozone Monitoring Instrument: overview of 14 years in space
Pieternel F. Levelt, Joanna Joiner, Johanna Tamminen, J. Pepijn Veefkind, Pawan K. Bhartia, Deborah C. Stein Zweers, Bryan N. Duncan, David G. Streets, Henk Eskes, Ronald van der A, Chris McLinden, Vitali Fioletov, Simon Carn, Jos de Laat, Matthew DeLand, Sergey Marchenko, Richard McPeters, Jerald Ziemke, Dejian Fu, Xiong Liu, Kenneth Pickering, Arnoud Apituley, Gonzalo González Abad, Antti Arola, Folkert Boersma, Christopher Chan Miller, Kelly Chance, Martin de Graaf, Janne Hakkarainen, Seppo Hassinen, Iolanda Ialongo, Quintus Kleipool, Nickolay Krotkov, Can Li, Lok Lamsal, Paul Newman, Caroline Nowlan, Raid Suleiman, Lieuwe Gijsbert Tilstra, Omar Torres, Huiqun Wang, and Krzysztof Wargan
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 5699–5745, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-5699-2018,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-5699-2018, 2018
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05 Jan 2018
Validation of 10-year SAO OMI ozone profile (PROFOZ) product using Aura MLS measurements
Guanyu Huang, Xiong Liu, Kelly Chance, Kai Yang, and Zhaonan Cai
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 17–32, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-17-2018,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-17-2018, 2018
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01 Nov 2017
Aerosol-type retrieval and uncertainty quantification from OMI data
Anu Kauppi, Pekka Kolmonen, Marko Laine, and Johanna Tamminen
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 4079–4098, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-4079-2017,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-4079-2017, 2017
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09 Oct 2017
Deriving the slit functions from OMI solar observations and its implications for ozone-profile retrieval
Kang Sun, Xiong Liu, Guanyu Huang, Gonzalo González Abad, Zhaonan Cai, Kelly Chance, and Kai Yang
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 3677–3695, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-3677-2017,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-3677-2017, 2017
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01 Sep 2017
The version 3 OMI NO2 standard product
Nickolay A. Krotkov, Lok N. Lamsal, Edward A. Celarier, William H. Swartz, Sergey V. Marchenko, Eric J. Bucsela, Ka Lok Chan, Mark Wenig, and Marina Zara
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 3133–3149, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-3133-2017,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-3133-2017, 2017
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01 Aug 2017
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NOx emission trends over Chinese cities estimated from OMI observations during 2005 to 2015
Fei Liu, Steffen Beirle, Qiang Zhang, Ronald J. van der A, Bo Zheng, Dan Tong, and Kebin He
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 9261–9275, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-9261-2017,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-9261-2017, 2017
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13 Jul 2017
Validation of 10-year SAO OMI Ozone Profile (PROFOZ) product using ozonesonde observations
Guanyu Huang, Xiong Liu, Kelly Chance, Kai Yang, Pawan K. Bhartia, Zhaonan Cai, Marc Allaart, Gérard Ancellet, Bertrand Calpini, Gerrie J. R. Coetzee, Emilio Cuevas-Agulló, Manuel Cupeiro, Hugo De Backer, Manvendra K. Dubey, Henry E. Fuelberg, Masatomo Fujiwara, Sophie Godin-Beekmann, Tristan J. Hall, Bryan Johnson, Everette Joseph, Rigel Kivi, Bogumil Kois, Ninong Komala, Gert König-Langlo, Giovanni Laneve, Thierry Leblanc, Marion Marchand, Kenneth R. Minschwaner, Gary Morris, Michael J. Newchurch, Shin-Ya Ogino, Nozomu Ohkawara, Ankie J. M. Piters, Françoise Posny, Richard Querel, Rinus Scheele, Frank J. Schmidlin, Russell C. Schnell, Otto Schrems, Henry Selkirk, Masato Shiotani, Pavla Skrivánková, René Stübi, Ghassan Taha, David W. Tarasick, Anne M. Thompson, Valérie Thouret, Matthew B. Tully, Roeland Van Malderen, Holger Vömel, Peter von der Gathen, Jacquelyn C. Witte, and Margarita Yela
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 2455–2475, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-2455-2017,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-2455-2017, 2017
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01 Jun 2017
In-flight performance of the Ozone Monitoring Instrument
V. M. Erik Schenkeveld, Glen Jaross, Sergey Marchenko, David Haffner, Quintus L. Kleipool, Nico C. Rozemeijer, J. Pepijn Veefkind, and Pieternel F. Levelt
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 1957–1986, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-1957-2017,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-1957-2017, 2017
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20 Apr 2017
Continuation of long-term global SO2 pollution monitoring from OMI to OMPS
Yan Zhang, Can Li, Nickolay A. Krotkov, Joanna Joiner, Vitali Fioletov, and Chris McLinden
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 1495–1509, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-1495-2017,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-1495-2017, 2017
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18 Apr 2017
Validation of OMI, GOME-2A and GOME-2B tropospheric NO2, SO2 and HCHO products using MAX-DOAS observations from 2011 to 2014 in Wuxi, China: investigation of the effects of priori profiles and aerosols on the satellite products
Yang Wang, Steffen Beirle, Johannes Lampel, Mariliza Koukouli, Isabelle De Smedt, Nicolas Theys, Ang Li, Dexia Wu, Pinhua Xie, Cheng Liu, Michel Van Roozendael, Trissevgeni Stavrakou, Jean-François Müller, and Thomas Wagner
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 5007–5033, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-5007-2017,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-5007-2017, 2017
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11 Apr 2017
OMI air-quality monitoring over the Middle East
Michael P. Barkley, Gonzalo González Abad, Thomas P. Kurosu, Robert Spurr, Sara Torbatian, and Christophe Lerot
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 4687–4709, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-4687-2017,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-4687-2017, 2017
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09 Mar 2017
In-operation field-of-view retrieval (IFR) for satellite and ground-based DOAS-type instruments applying coincident high-resolution imager data
Holger Sihler, Peter Lübcke, Rüdiger Lang, Steffen Beirle, Martin de Graaf, Christoph Hörmann, Johannes Lampel, Marloes Penning de Vries, Julia Remmers, Ed Trollope, Yang Wang, and Thomas Wagner
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 881–903, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-881-2017,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-881-2017, 2017
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06 Feb 2017
New-generation NASA Aura Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) volcanic SO2 dataset: algorithm description, initial results, and continuation with the Suomi-NPP Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS)
Can Li, Nickolay A. Krotkov, Simon Carn, Yan Zhang, Robert J. D. Spurr, and Joanna Joiner
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 445–458, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-445-2017,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-445-2017, 2017
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27 Jan 2017
Accounting for the effects of surface BRDF on satellite cloud and trace-gas retrievals: a new approach based on geometry-dependent Lambertian equivalent reflectivity applied to OMI algorithms
Alexander Vasilkov, Wenhan Qin, Nickolay Krotkov, Lok Lamsal, Robert Spurr, David Haffner, Joanna Joiner, Eun-Su Yang, and Sergey Marchenko
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 333–349, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-333-2017,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-333-2017, 2017
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27 Jan 2017
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Decadal changes in global surface NOx emissions from multi-constituent satellite data assimilation
Kazuyuki Miyazaki, Henk Eskes, Kengo Sudo, K. Folkert Boersma, Kevin Bowman, and Yugo Kanaya
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 807–837, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-807-2017,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-807-2017, 2017
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15 Dec 2016
Improvements to the OMI O2–O2 operational cloud algorithm and comparisons with ground-based radar–lidar observations
J. Pepijn Veefkind, Johan F. de Haan, Maarten Sneep, and Pieternel F. Levelt
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 6035–6049, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-6035-2016,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-6035-2016, 2016
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16 Nov 2016
Improving global detection of volcanic eruptions using the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI)
Verity J. B. Flower, Thomas Oommen, and Simon A. Carn
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 5487–5498, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-5487-2016,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-5487-2016, 2016
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24 Oct 2016
Comparison of OMI NO2 observations and their seasonal and weekly cycles with ground-based measurements in Helsinki
Iolanda Ialongo, Jay Herman, Nick Krotkov, Lok Lamsal, K. Folkert Boersma, Jari Hovila, and Johanna Tamminen
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 5203–5212, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-5203-2016,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-5203-2016, 2016
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21 Oct 2016
Seasonal variation of tropospheric bromine monoxide over the Rann of Kutch salt marsh seen from space
Christoph Hörmann, Holger Sihler, Steffen Beirle, Marloes Penning de Vries, Ulrich Platt, and Thomas Wagner
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 13015–13034, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-13015-2016,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-13015-2016, 2016
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15 Sep 2016
A global catalogue of large SO2 sources and emissions derived from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument
Vitali E. Fioletov, Chris A. McLinden, Nickolay Krotkov, Can Li, Joanna Joiner, Nicolas Theys, Simon Carn, and Mike D. Moran
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 11497–11519, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-11497-2016,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-11497-2016, 2016
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14 Sep 2016
Validation and update of OMI Total Column Water Vapor product
Huiqun Wang, Gonzalo Gonzalez Abad, Xiong Liu, and Kelly Chance
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 11379–11393, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-11379-2016,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-11379-2016, 2016
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13 Sep 2016
Improvement of OMI ozone profile retrievals by simultaneously fitting polar mesospheric clouds
Juseon Bak, Xiong Liu, Jae H. Kim, Matthew T. Deland, and Kelly Chance
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 4521–4531, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-4521-2016,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-4521-2016, 2016
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26 Aug 2016
Limb–nadir matching using non-coincident NO2 observations: proof of concept and the OMI-minus-OSIRIS prototype product
Cristen Adams, Elise N. Normand, Chris A. McLinden, Adam E. Bourassa, Nicholas D. Lloyd, Douglas A. Degenstein, Nickolay A. Krotkov, Maria Belmonte Rivas, K. Folkert Boersma, and Henk Eskes
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 4103–4122, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-4103-2016,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-4103-2016, 2016
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04 Aug 2016
How big is an OMI pixel?
Martin de Graaf, Holger Sihler, Lieuwe G. Tilstra, and Piet Stammes
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 3607–3618, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-3607-2016,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-3607-2016, 2016
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29 Jul 2016
Multi-satellite sensor study on precipitation-induced emission pulses of NOx from soils in semi-arid ecosystems
Jan Zörner, Marloes Penning de Vries, Steffen Beirle, Holger Sihler, Patrick R. Veres, Jonathan Williams, and Thomas Wagner
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 9457–9487, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-9457-2016,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-9457-2016, 2016
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14 Jul 2016
The role of cloud contamination, aerosol layer height and aerosol model in the assessment of the OMI near-UV retrievals over the ocean
Santiago Gassó and Omar Torres
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 3031–3052, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-3031-2016,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-3031-2016, 2016
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07 Jul 2016
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (SAO OMPS) formaldehyde retrieval
Gonzalo González Abad, Alexander Vasilkov, Colin Seftor, Xiong Liu, and Kelly Chance
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 2797–2812, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-2797-2016,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-2797-2016, 2016
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07 Jul 2016
Top-of-the-atmosphere shortwave flux estimation from satellite observations: an empirical neural network approach applied with data from the A-train constellation
Pawan Gupta, Joanna Joiner, Alexander Vasilkov, and Pawan K. Bhartia
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 2813–2826, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-2813-2016,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-2813-2016, 2016
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28 Apr 2016
NOx lifetimes and emissions of cities and power plants in polluted background estimated by satellite observations
Fei Liu, Steffen Beirle, Qiang Zhang, Steffen Dörner, Kebin He, and Thomas Wagner
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 5283–5298, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-5283-2016,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-5283-2016, 2016
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13 Apr 2016
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Aura OMI observations of regional SO2 and NO2 pollution changes from 2005 to 2015
Nickolay A. Krotkov, Chris A. McLinden, Can Li, Lok N. Lamsal, Edward A. Celarier, Sergey V. Marchenko, William H. Swartz, Eric J. Bucsela, Joanna Joiner, Bryan N. Duncan, K. Folkert Boersma, J. Pepijn Veefkind, Pieternel F. Levelt, Vitali E. Fioletov, Russell R. Dickerson, Hao He, Zifeng Lu, and David G. Streets
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 4605–4629, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-4605-2016,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-4605-2016, 2016
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13 Apr 2016
Hotspot of glyoxal over the Pearl River delta seen from the OMI satellite instrument: implications for emissions of aromatic hydrocarbons
Christopher Chan Miller, Daniel J. Jacob, Gonzalo González Abad, and Kelly Chance
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 4631–4639, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-4631-2016,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-4631-2016, 2016
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19 Nov 2015
OMI total column ozone: extending the long-term data record
R. D. McPeters, S. Frith, and G. J. Labow
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 4845–4850, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-4845-2015,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-4845-2015, 2015
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10 Nov 2015
Diurnal, seasonal and long-term variations of global formaldehyde columns inferred from combined OMI and GOME-2 observations
I. De Smedt, T. Stavrakou, F. Hendrick, T. Danckaert, T. Vlemmix, G. Pinardi, N. Theys, C. Lerot, C. Gielen, C. Vigouroux, C. Hermans, C. Fayt, P. Veefkind, J.-F. Müller, and M. Van Roozendael
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 12519–12545, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-12519-2015,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-12519-2015, 2015
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21 Sep 2015
Emissions of nitrogen oxides from US urban areas: estimation from Ozone Monitoring Instrument retrievals for 2005–2014
Z. Lu, D. G. Streets, B. de Foy, L. N. Lamsal, B. N. Duncan, and J. Xing
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 10367–10383, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-10367-2015,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-10367-2015, 2015
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09 Jul 2015
Comparison of OMI UV observations with ground-based measurements at high northern latitudes
G. Bernhard, A. Arola, A. Dahlback, V. Fioletov, A. Heikkilä, B. Johnsen, T. Koskela, K. Lakkala, T. Svendby, and J. Tamminen
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 7391–7412, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-7391-2015,https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-7391-2015, 2015
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03 Jun 2015
Comparison of operational satellite SO2 products with ground-based observations in northern Finland during the Icelandic Holuhraun fissure eruption
I. Ialongo, J. Hakkarainen, R. Kivi, P. Anttila, N. A. Krotkov, K. Yang, C. Li, S. Tukiainen, S. Hassinen, and J. Tamminen
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 2279–2289, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-2279-2015,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-2279-2015, 2015
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08 Apr 2015
Improved spectral fitting of nitrogen dioxide from OMI in the 405–465 nm window
J. H. G. M. van Geffen, K. F. Boersma, M. Van Roozendael, F. Hendrick, E. Mahieu, I. De Smedt, M. Sneep, and J. P. Veefkind
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 1685–1699, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-1685-2015,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-1685-2015, 2015
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09 Feb 2015
Towards the retrieval of tropospheric ozone with the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI)
T. Mielonen, J. F. de Haan, J. C. A. van Peet, M. Eremenko, and J. P. Veefkind
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 671–687, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-671-2015,https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-671-2015, 2015
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