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Global Aerosol from Earth Observation

Aerosols are a fundamental component of the Earth's atmospheric chemistry and radiative balance. Their importance in atmospheric radiative transfer means that the lack of accurate information on their distribution is a major limitation for weather forecasting. Aerosol distribution is also essential information in the study of the Earth's climate and biogeochemical cycles, for climate change assessment, for the atmospheric correction of satellite remote sensing data, and for issues of public health and transboundary pollution.

Project References
 Name GlobAerosol
 Title Global Aerosol from Earth Observation
 Programme DUE (Data User Element)
 Theme Atmosphere
 Cost €1,000k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status Completed (01/09/2004 - 01/04/2010)
ERS-2 : ATSR-2
Project Description
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The GlobAerosol project focused on users' requirements for aerosol information in atmospheric modelling, transboundary pollution and public health.

The project covered the following activities:

  1. Development of a satellite data processing system to generate a standard reference multi-year global aerosol product (GAP) over land and water.
  2. Production of the GAP covering 1995 to 2007 from ATSR-2, AATSR, MERIS and SEVIRI satellite data.
  3. Validation of the GAP using independent ground-based measurements.
  4. Intercomparison of the GAP with other satellite-based aerosol data sets.
  5. Several small studies on the use of the GAP product in combination with chemistry and transport models by ECMWF, U. Edinburgh, U. Leeds, LSCE and TNO.

 Results GlobAerosol Final Report
The full global aerosol dataset from 1995-2007
Validation & Intercomparison Report
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor GMV : GMV S.A.
 Subcontractors LOA : Atmospheric Optics Laboratory
RAL-CCLRC : Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Univ. Oxford - AOPP : University of Oxford, Atmospheric Ocean and Planetary Physics
User Partnership
 Users ARPA-Lombardia : Regional Agency for the Protection of the Environment - Lombardy
CNRM : National Centre for Meteorological Research, Meteo France
ECMWF : European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting
EMEP : European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme
LUA-NRW : North Rhine-Westphalia State Environment Agency
MET.NO : Norwegian Meteorological Institute
Min. Env. Greece - Air Quality : Dept. of Air Quality, Hellenic Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works
MPI-Met : Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
VMM : Flemish Environment Agency
Contact Points
 Project Manager Óscar Pérez Navarro
Project Manager
Isaac Newton, 11
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 Technical Officer Simon Pinnock
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