Quality Assurance for Earth Observation – Asian Summer Monsoon Chemical & CLimate Impact Project
Start date: 2020-11-01 End date: 2023-03-31
Total Budget: EUR 15.000,00 INO share of the total budget: EUR 15.000,00
Scientific manager: Anca Nemuc and for INO is: D’Amato Francesco
Web Site: Visit Organization/Institution/Company main assignee: National Institute of Research and Development for Optoelectronics-INOE
other Organization/Institution/Company involved:
Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy
Dunarea de Jos University of Galati
Flemish Institute for Technological Research
Freie Universität Berlin
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata
Instituto Federal Rodônia Porto Velho
Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie
Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry
National Institute for Aerospace Research Elie Carafoli
National Institute of Research & Development for Optoelectronics INOE
Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute
University of Bremen
The new sensor technology and retrieval approaches, as well as the much finer spatial resolution introduces many new opportunities and challenges, requiring to carefully assess the quality and validity of the generated data products by comparison with independent measurements and analyses. Independent validation provides credibility to the overall mission and allows users to assess the end-to-end mission performance and data product quality.
A series of S-5p validation campaigns (2020-2022), funded by and in close collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and Copernicus, the European Union’s Earth Observation Programme, are in progress. Most activities have been defined in the S-5p Campaign Implementation Plan (S-5p CIP), established to address key validation priorities. The quality (uncertainty and error characterisation) of a wide range of relevant parameters to air quality and climate, will be assessed. This will be done under different geophysical conditions (polluted vs background sites, low vs high albedo sites, summer vs winter season, etc.) by comparison with independent reference observations, acquired by ground-based and airborne instruments. Additionally, intermediate products, such as slant column densities (SCDs) will be assessed.
Instrument COLD2, measuring carbon monoxide, was integrated onbord the WB-57 aircraft, belonging to NASA, at the airport of Ellington Field, Houston TX, in february 2022, for a test flight. The measurement campaign will take place from the american base in Osan, near Seoul, july 27 – september 2, 2022, preceded by other tests in Texas.