has provided the first European trace gas measurements from space and has
been a signficant breakthrough for atmospheric remote sensing and the
study of the physics and the chemistry of the atmosphere. As an instrument
it is working as well today as it was at launch. GOME continues to provide
data on stratospheric ozone, its primary objective, ad key gases that
control ozone such as NO2, OClO and BrO. A secondary objective
was to retrieve tropospheric trace gases such as NO2,
SO2, HCHO, H2O and cloud and aerosol parameters.
GOME continues to meet these goals very successfully. GOME data are
downlinked to ground stations around the world. These measurements can be
used to determine the rate at which the atmosphere is recovering following
the Montreal Protocol that initiated action to reduce ozone depleting
substances in the atmosphere.
"GOME is providing evidence for changes in circulation
patterns in the stratosphere and is helping to answer the question: Are
these natural changes or a response to the earth atmosphere system to
climate chemistry interactions?"
Professor John Burrows, IUP/IFE, University of
|GOME provides measurements of gases that control
ozone as well as details of the structure of the atmisophere, such
as in this example, where the polar vortex has been initiated.
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,