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Paper title Sentinel-5P products in Terrascope
  1. Jeroen van Gent Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB) Speaker
  2. Isabelle De Smedt Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB)
  3. Jonas Vlietinck bira-iasb
  4. Nicolas Theys BIRA-IASB
  5. Bavo Langerock Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB)
  6. Mahesh Kumar Sha Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB)
  7. Erwin Wolters Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO)
  8. Michel Van Roozendael Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy
  9. Martine De Mazière Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB)
  10. Henk Eskes KNMI - Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
  11. Jurgen Everaerts VITO Remote Sensing
Form of presentation Poster
  • Open Earth Forum
    • C5.03 Open Source, data science and toolboxes in EO: Current status & evolution
Abstract text The Sentinel-5P/TROPOMI instrument is the first Copernicus sensor that is fully dedicated to measuring atmospheric composition. Since its launch in October 2017, it has provided excellent results that have led to numerous scientific papers on topics related to ozone, air quality and climate. Yet, the potential use of TROPOMI data reaches beyond the direct scientific community.
With support from ESA, Belgium has established the Terrascope platform, hosted by the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO). This so-called Belgian Copernicus Collaborative Ground Segment is a platform that enables easy access to and visualisation of Copernicus data for all societal sectors, the development and implementation of tailored or derived products based on Copernicus measurements and the development of innovative tools.

With support from ESA, BIRA-IASB has cooperated with VITO to implement TROPOMI Level-3 products into Terrascope, with a focus on the generation of global TROPOMI Level-3 NO2 and CO products. Now operational within Terrascope, the system produces Level-3 datasets of daily, monthly, and yearly CO and NO2 columns. Additional features allow for the generation of enhanced statistics (for example the effects of weekends on NO2 levels originating from traffic) and quick generation of dedicated data sets in the case of special events. For both products, the Terrascope platform provides an attractive user experience, with the option to explore areas of interest, compare data for different time frames, and save data and imagery.

In the ESA-supported follow-up project Terrascope-S5P, BIRA-IASB is developing new products for inclusion in Terrascope. After the successful demonstration of the global NO2 and CO products, the service is being extended to global SO2 and CH4 monitoring, an improved NO2 product for Europe (contribution by KNMI) as well as NO2 surface concentrations over the Belgian domain. As such, Terrascope provides an opportunity to develop innovative aspects of the Copernicus products that can be demonstrated on the regional domain before being possibly extended to a larger scale.

This presentation describes the current status of the TROPOMI products in Terrascope, outlines the details of the applied techniques and provides an outlook on future additions.