New Era of Air Quality Monitoring from Space: Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS)
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- New Era of Air Quality Monitoring from Space: Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS)
- Kim, Jhoon; Jeong, Ukkyo; Ahn, Myoung-Hwan; Kim, Jae H.; Park, Rokjin J.; Lee, Hanlim; Song, Chul Han; Choi, Yong-Sang; Lee, Kwon-Ho; Yoo, Jung-Moon; Jeong, Myeong-Jae; Park, Seon Ki; Lee, Kwang-Mog; Song, Chang-Keun; Kim, Sang-Woo; Kim, YoungJoon; Kim, Si-Wan; Kim, Mijin; Go, Sujung; Liu, Xiong; Chance, Kelly; Chan Miller, Christopher; Al-Saadi, Jay; Veihelmann, Ben; Bhartia, Pawan K.; Torres, Omar; Abad, Gonzalo González; Haffner, David P.; Ko, Dai Ho; Lee, Seung Hoon; Woo, Jung-Hun; Chong, Heesung; Park, Sang Seo; Nicks, Dennis; Choi, Won Jun; Moon, Kyung-Jung; Cho, Ara; Yoon, Jongmin; Kim, Sang-kyun; Hong, Hyunkee; Lee, Kyunghwa; Lee, Hana; Lee, Seoyoung; Choi, Myungje; Veefkind, Pepijn; Levelt, Pieternel; Edwards, David P.; Kang, Mina; Eo, Mijin; Bak, Juseon; Baek, Kanghyun; Kwon, Hyeong-Ahn; Yang, Jiwon; Park, Junsung; Han, Kyung Man; Kim, Bo-Ram; Shin, Hee-Woo; Choi, Haklim; Lee, Ebony; Chong, Jihyo; Cha, Yesol; Koo, Ja-Ho; Irie, Hitoshi; Hayashida, Sachiko; Kasai, Yasko; Kanaya, Yugo; Liu, Cheng; Lin, Jintai; Crawford, James H.; Carmichael, Gregory R.; Newchurch, Michael J.; Lefer, Barry L.; Herman, Jay R.; Swap, Robert J.; Lau, Alexis K H; Kurosu, Thomas P.; Jaross, Glen; Ahlers, Berit; Dobber, Marcel; McElroy, C.T.; Choi, Yunsoo
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- American Meteorological Society
- BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY
- GEMS will monitor air quality over Asia at unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution from GEO for the first time, providing column measurements of aerosol, ozone and their precursors (nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and formaldehyde).
Geostationary Environment Monitoring Spectrometer (GEMS) is scheduled for launch in late 2019 - early 2020 to monitor Air Quality (AQ) at an unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution from a Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) for the first time. With the development of UV-visible spectrometers at sub-nm spectral resolution and sophisticated retrieval algorithms, estimates of the column amounts of atmospheric pollutants (O3, NO2, SO2, HCHO, CHOCHO and aerosols) can be obtained. To date, all the UV-visible satellite missions monitoring air quality have been in Low Earth orbit (LEO), allowing one to two observations per day. With UV-visible instruments on GEO platforms, the diurnal variations of these pollutants can now be determined. Details of the GEMS mission are presented, including instrumentation, scientific algorithms, predicted performance, and applications for air quality forecasts through data assimilation. GEMS will be onboard the GEO-KOMPSAT-2 satellite series, which also hosts the Advanced Meteorological Imager (AMI) and Geostationary Ocean Color Imager (GOCI)-2. These three instruments will provide synergistic science products to better understand air quality, meteorology, the long-range transport of air pollutants, emission source distributions, and chemical processes. Faster sampling rates at higher spatial resolution will increase the probability of finding cloud-free pixels, leading to more observations of aerosols and trace gases than is possible from LEO. GEMS will be joined by NASA's TEMPO and ESA's Sentinel-4 to form a GEO AQ satellite constellation in early 2020s, coordinated by the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS).
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