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GOME Ozone Fast Delivery Value Added Products

Delivery of GOME ozone products in near-real time (NRT) to the meteo offices for usage in weather forecast models.

Project References
 Title GOME Ozone Fast Delivery Value Added Products
 Programme DUP (Data User Programme)
 Theme Atmosphere
 Cost €270k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status Completed (1997-1999)
 Sensors ERS-2 : GOME
Project Description
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The main goal of the ESA-DUP project GOFAP was to create a "Fast Delivery Service" to provide ozone columns, ozone profiles and assimilated global ozone maps from GOME data on a near-real time bases, i.e. within 3 hours after the measurement (the nominal delivery of total ozone columns from GOME is between two weeks and two months after acquisition). The results of this fast delivery can be used for improving numerical weather prediction models, radiation and UV forecasts and ozone measurement experiments.

The GOFAP service meets the growing demand for ozone products for purposes like:

  • assimilation in numerical weather prediction models
  • radiation forecasts
  • atmospheric research

Since 1998, NRT ozone columns are available through the KNMI website and since the beginning of 2000 they are accompanied by NRT stratospheric ozone profiles. Numerical weather prediction is expected to benefit from assimilation of stratospheric ozone profiles, if they are retrieved within 3 to 6 hours after observation. This requires a fast retrieval algorithm and a near-real time availability of the spectra.

During the GOFAP project, it has been demonstrated that operational near-real time ozone profile retrieval for the use in weather forecast models is feasible. The NRT ozone products of GOFAP are retrieved from specific segments of the full GOME spectrum.

 Results Paper presented at ERS-ENVISAT symposium, Gothenburg, Sweden, 20
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor KNMI : Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
User Partnership
 Users ECMWF : European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting
Contact Points
 Project Manager R. van der A
Atmospheric Composition Research Division
KNMI (Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute)
P.O.Box 201,
3730AE De Bilt,
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 30-2206412
Fax: +31 30-2210407
 Technical Officer Claus Zehner
European Space Agency
Via Galileo Galilei CP. 64
I-00044 Frascati
Tel: +39 06-94180.544
Fax: +39 06-94180.552
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