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The AURA Mission

Ernest Hilsenrath(1), M.S Schoeberl(2), A.R. Douglass(2), P.K Phartia(2), R. Beer(3), Waters J.(3), L. Froidevaux(3), M. Gunson(3), J. Barnett(4), P. Levlet(5) and J. Gille(6)

(1) University of Maryland, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center , Greenbelt, MD 20723, United States
(2) NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 613.3, Greenbelt, MD 20723, United States
(3) Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Pasadena, CA, United States
(4) Oxford University, Dept of Physics, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom
(5) KNMI, POB 201, NL-3730 AE De Bilt , Netherlands
(6) University of Colorado, Dept of Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences, Boulder, CO, United States

Abstract

Aura, the last of the large EOS observatories, was launched on July 15, 2004. Aura is designed to make comprehensive stratospheric and tropospheric composition measurements from its four instruments, HIRDLS, MLS, OMI and TES. These four instruments work in synergy to provide data on ozone trends, air quality and climate change. The instruments observe in the nadir and limb and provide the best horizontal and vertical resolution ever achieved from space. After nearly two years in orbit the instruments are nearly operational and are undergoing a comprehensive validation program. Aura data products are now appearing in the Aura validation archive with many data available to the public. We summarize the mission, instruments, and initial results and give examples of how Aura is providing continuity to earlier stratospheric chemistry missions and new data on the connections between climate and air quality

 

Workshop presentation

Keywords: ESA European Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne, observation de la terre, earth observation, satellite remote sensing, teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar, chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar, atmospheric chemistry