The data will help in decision making for volcanic disaster avoidance
As compared with the previous OMI data product, this new version significantly reduces retrieval bias for large volcanic eruptions and improves data quality for small degassing volcanoes.
The new algorithm also produces highly consistent retrievals from SNPP OMPS, enabling the use of OMPS to supplement OMI spatial coverage, and to extend the OMI time series. Note that OMI still provides finer resolution that reveals details of the volcanic plume and helps to detect small emission sources.
Volcanic SO2 is a dominant natural forcing to the Earth's climate system and can also pose severe threat to aviation safety. The new OMI and OMPS datasets in this study will provide more accurate estimates of volcanic emissions, including relatively small volcanoes for which the emissions have been poorly constrained. This will help to better understand and quantify the climate impacts of volcanic eruptions. The OMI and OMPS PCA SO2 data are now both being produced and public released within few hours of satellite overpass. The data will help operational data users in decision making in volcanic disaster avoidance.
The PCA algorithm's capability of producing highly consistent retrievals between different instruments, as demonstrated in this study, will allow the NASA SO2 data record to be extended well beyond the EOS era. In addition to OMI and SNPP OMPS, the algorithm will also be applied to future satellite instruments such as ESA's TROPOMI, JPSS OMPS, and new geostationary missions such as NASA's TEMPO (the first EV-I instrument).
Data Sources: Level 2 NASA Aura Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) total column SO2 data (OMSO2) produced from OMI level 1 radiance data, using the NASA GSFC principal component analysis (PCA) satellite trace gas retrieval algorithm. Level 2 total column SO2 data produced using the same algorithm, applied to level 1 data from the NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SNPP) Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) nadir mapper instrument.
References: Li, C., Krotkov, N. A., Carn, S., Zhang, Y., Spurr, R. J. D., and Joiner, J.: New-generation NASA Aura Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) volcanic SO2 dataset: algorithm description, initial results, and continuation with the Suomi-NPP Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS), Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 445-458, doi:10.5194/amt-10-445-2017, 2017.