MOPITT Products and Their Growing Scientific Impact

Friday, 19 December 2014: 5:00 PM
Merritt N Deeter1, Vincil Dean1, David P Edwards1, Louisa K Emmons1, John C Gille1, Debbie Mao1, Sara Martinez-Alonso1, Helen Marie Worden1, James R Drummond2 and Florian Nichitiu3, (1)National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, United States, (2)Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada, (3)University of Toronto, Department of Physics, Toronto, ON, Canada
The MOPITT ('Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere') project is an international collaboration between teams in Canada and the U.S. MOPITT was the first satellite instrument to make global measurements of carbon monoxide (CO) and is still operational after 15 years in orbit. As indicated by both publication metrics and data downloads, the scientific use of MOPITT products has expanded considerably throughout the Terra mission. Applications of MOPITT products include (1) analyzing CO regional and global trends, (2) chemical weather forecasting, (3) evaluating chemical transport models, (4) validating CO products for other satellite instruments, (5) supporting field campaigns, (6) constraining concentrations of chemically-related species and (7) determining CO sources (i.e., surface fluxes) through inverse modeling. This presentation will describe the ongoing process of MOPITT retrieval algorithm development and highlight recent scientific advances enabled by MOPITT products.