In the framework of AC SAF (formerly O3M SAF), BIRA-IASB coordinates the validation and Quality Assessment (QA) activities for GOME-2 and IASI minor trace gases on METOP plaforms.
|GOME-2 Metop-A solar gap||30/07/2020 - GOME-2 Metop-A level-1B processing is switched to the empirical solar model, due to the entering in the 4th and last period of solar visibility loss, until the end of mission of Metop-A.|
|GOME-2 NO2, HCHO, BrO||May 2020 - Validation of NO2, HCHO and BrO GOME-2 MetopC data products|
|GOME-2 Metop-A 3rd solar gap||3rd period of GOME-2 Metop-A no solar visibility from the 14th of November 2019 to the 16th of April 2020|
|GOME-2 Metop-A 2nd solar gap||2nd period of GOME-2 Metop-A no solar visibility from the 26th of December 2018, 11:44 UTC to the 21 of March 2019, 10:28:37 UTC.|
|GOME-2 MetopC||14 January 2019 - GOME-2 FM1 Metop-C In-orbit Verification (GIOV) campaign is finished, start of the commissioning phase.|
|GOME-2 MetopC solar spectrum||02/01/2019 - first GOME-2 FM1 Metop-C solar spetrum measured on the 19th October 2018 11:16 UTC|
||October 2018: succesful launch of Metop-C|
|GOME-2 Metop-A 1rst solar gap||
Loss of GOME-2/Metop-A solar calibration between 26/01/2018-19/02/2018:
The Metop-A satellite with GOME-2 on-board is currently in drifting orbit. As a consequence there will be periods in the future during which the GOME-2 instrument will not be able to carry out its daily solar calibration measurement.
The first such period will be from 26th January 2018 to 19th February 2018 (24 days). During this period, the solar mean reference spectrum provided in the Metop-A/GOME-2 level-1B product will be automatically replaced by a modelled solar spectrum using information on solar activity from Metop-B. Therefore, it is expected that the product quality of both level-1B and level-2 products might undergo slight changes during this period. Thus, there will be a risk of degraded product quality for GOME-2 Metop-A products during these days.
|IASI SO2||May 2017 - Validation of IASI SO2 MetopA and MetopB data products|
|GOME-2 OClO||May 2017 - Validation of OClO GOME-2 MetopA and MetopB data records|
|01/03/2017 - The 3rd phase of the CDOP project has started, and the Atmospheric Composition and Monitoring SAF has changed acronym from O3M SAF to AC SAF.|
| 08/12/2016 -The EUMETSAT Council agreed that the ageing, but still healthy, Metop-A satellite will be exploited on a “drifting” orbit from June 2017 onwards, in order to extend its useful lifetime from 2019 to 2022.
See the press release here.
Since 15th July 2013: Metop-B/GOME-2 products are available and the measurement configuration of Metop-A/GOME-2 has been changed to the narrow swath mode (960km). Metop-B/GOME-2 instrument is measuring with in the default mode of 1920 km swath since that day.More information on O3M SAF L2 Metop-B products