Tue, 22. January 2013 – 23:02

That was to be expected: as somebody, who has spent most of his professional life in software development for radio astronomy, there is quite a learning curve ahead when moving into satellite-based tropospheric research (or to be more precise: software development for that field of research). As a result of this I have been spending a considerable portion of this afternoon – or what was left of it after getting introduced to more people in the institute and discussing some of the existing software written so far – chasing down published (science & technical) papers on TROPOMI. Seems like there are actually quite a few around, though unfortunately there is no centralized overview to be found anywhere on the various TROPOMI web pages. Hence the only thing left to do is to go on a search myself, trying to collect a significant bunch to have a point of entry to the project, its goals and history.

Based on the conversations I had the past two days, the following papers seem like a good point to start:

  • J. de Vries et. al (2007) TROPOMI: Solar backscatter satellite instrument for air quality and climate
  • A. Butz ⁎, A. Galli, O. Hasekamp, J. Landgraf, P. Tol, I. Aben (2012) TROPOMI aboard Sentinel-5 Precursor: Prospective performance of CH4 retrievals for aerosol and cirrus loaded atmospheres
  • P. Ingmann, B. Veihelmann, J. Langen, D. Lamarre, H. Stark, G. B. Courrèges-Lacoste (2012) Requirements for the GMES Atmosphere Service and ESA’s implementation concept: Sentinels-4/-5 and -5p
  • I. Genkova, J. Robaidek, R. Roebling, M. Sneep, P. Veefkind (2012) Temporal co-registration for TROPOMI cloud clearing

Though I am not expecting to complete all of the above before heading back to Bonn, this is makes for some great reading material when working from home on Friday.