Instruments list

Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of space-borne instruments that are of interest for observing the atmosphere composition and for my research activities. For those that I have been working with, more details are given:

Present:

CALIOP – CALIPSO (2006-): joint NASA and CNES active sensor (LIDAR), aerosols and clouds

GOME2 – MetOp A, B & C (2007-now): EUMETSAT passive sensor, low Earth Sun-Synchreneous orbit, air quality purpose, trace gases (pollutants)

IASI – MetOp A, B & C (2006-): EUMETSAT passive sensor, meteorology purpose, chemistry interest (trace gases),

MODIS – Terra & Aqua (1999-): NASA, passive sensor, atmosphere (aerosols, clouds, CO), surface, fire

OMI – EOS Aura (2004-now): Dutch-Finnish passive sensor, air quality purpose, designed for trace gas pollutants

TANSO-FTS – GOSAT (2009-): JAXA passive sensor, climate purpose, designed for green-house gases (including CO2 & CH4) and aerosols

Future:

FTS-2 – GOSAT-2 (2017): JAXA passive sensor, follow-up of GOSAT

TROPOMI on Sentinel-5 Precursor (launch expected in 2017): Dutch passive sensor, low Earth Sun-Synchronous orbit, air quality & climate purposes, trace gases (pollutants + green-house gas – not CO2) and aerosols, successor of OMI

Sentinel-4-UVN (launch expected in XX): ESA passive sensor, geostationary orbit, air quality purpose, trace gases (pollutants) and aerosols

Sentinel-5-UVNS (launch expected in XX): ESA passive sensor, low Earth Sun-Synchronous orbit, air quality & climate purposes, trace gases (pollutants + green-house gas – not CO2) and aerosols

Microcarb (launch expected in 2020): French CNES passive sensor, low Earth Sun-Synchronous orbit, climate purpose, trace gas (CO2) and aerosols

MERLIN: German DLR active sensor (LIDAR), climate purpose, trace gas (CH4)

Past:

GOME – ERS-2 (1995-2010): ESA passive sensor, low Earth Sun-Synchronous orbit, air quality purpose, trace gases (pollutants)

SCIAMACHY – ENVISAT (2002-2012): ESA passive sensor, low Earth Sun-Synchronous orbit, air quality & climate purposes, trace gases (pollutants + green-house gas – including CO2) and aerosols