BackForwardInstrument:  OMPS-nadir 

Instrument details
Acronym OMPS-nadir
Full name Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite
Purpose Atmospheric chemistry - Ozone profile and total-column or gross profile of other species.  Tracked species: BrO, HCHO, NO2, O3, SO2
Short description Two UV grating spectrometers of spectral resolution 1 nm (sampling at 0.42 nm): Cross-track mapper for total ozone: 300-380 nm, SNR = 1000 Nadir-viewing ozone profiler: 250-310 nm, SNR from 35 @ 250 nm to 400 @ 310 nm
Background Developed in the framework of the former NPOESS
Scanning Technique Mapper: cross-track swath 2800 km, along-track one 50-km strip in 7.6 s. Nadir profiler: one along-track sounding every 38 s (250 km)
Resolution Mapper: 50 km.  Nadir profiler: 250 km
Coverage / Cycle Global coverage: mapper once/day, nadir profiler in 12 days. Daylight only
Mass 12.5 kg Power Data Rate

 

Providing Agency NASA
Instrument Maturity Flown on operational programme
Utilization Period: 2012-03-06 to ≥2038
Last update: 2015-06-10
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

Note: a red tag indicates satellites no longer operational, a green tag indicates operational satellites, a blue tag indicates future satellites

Instrument classification
  • Earth observation instrument
  • Passive optical radiometer or spectrometer
  • Cross-nadir shortwave (UV/VIS) sounder
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • BrO
  • ClO
  • HCHO
  • HCHO (Total Column)
  • NO
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Tentative Evaluation of Measurements

The following list indicates which measurements can typically be retrieved from this category of instrument. To see a full Gap Analysis by Variable, click on the respective variable.

Note: table can be sorted by clicking on the column headers
VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
Aerosol column burden5 - marginalCloud sensitive.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry for absorbing aerosol
Aerosol effective radius5 - marginalCloud sensitive.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry for absorbing aerosol
Aerosol mass mixing ratio5 - marginalCloud sensitive.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry for absorbing aerosol
Aerosol Optical Depth5 - marginalCloud sensitive.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry for absorbing aerosol
Aerosol type5 - marginalCloud sensitive.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry for absorbing aerosol
BrO4 - fairCloud sensitive.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry. BrO lines around 300 nm
HCHO 4 - fairCloud sensitive.. Coarse vertical resolution.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry. HCHO lines around 350 nm
HCHO (Total Column)4 - fairCloud sensitive.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry. HCHO lines around 350 nm
ClO4 - fairCloud sensitive.. Daylight only.UV Spectrometry. ClO lines around 300 nm
NO4 - fairCloud sensitive.. Coarse vertical resolution.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry. NO lines around 250 nm
NO24 - fairCloud sensitive.. Coarse vertical resolution.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry. Several lines in the range around 220 nm
NO2 (Total column)5 - marginalCloud sensitive.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry. Several NO2 lines
O33 - highCloud sensitive.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry. Ozone lines in the bands around 260 nm (Hartley) and/or 340 nm (Huggins)
O3 (Total column)2 - very highCloud sensitive.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry. Ozone lines in the bands around 260 nm (Hartley) and/or 340 nm (Huggins)
PSC occurrence4 - fairCoarse vertical resolution.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry
SO24 - fairCloud sensitive.. Coarse vertical resolution.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry. SO2 lines around 350 nm
SO2 (Total column)4 - fairCloud sensitive.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry. SO2 lines around 350 nm
Aerosol volcanic ash5 - marginalCloud sensitive.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry, specifically sensitive to ash
Aerosol volcanic ash (Total column)5 - marginalCloud sensitive.. Daylight only.UV spectrometry, specifically sensitive to ash