Overview of activities during the 2019 TROpomi vaLIdation eXperiment (TROLIX’19)

Arnoud Apituley, Karin Kreher, Michael Van Roozendael, Ankie Piters, Henk Eskes, Tim Vlemmix, Herman Russchenberg, Christine Unal, Mirjam den Hoed, More Authors

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A Sentinel-5p/TROPOMI validation campaign was held in the Netherlands based at the Cabauw Experimental Site for Atmospheric Research during September 2019. The TROpomi vaLIdation eXperiment (TROLIX) consisted of active and passive remote sensing platforms in conjunction with several balloon-borne, airborne and surface chemical measurements. The goal of this geophysical validation campaign was to make intensive observations to establish the quality of TROPOMI L2 main data products (UVAI, Aerosol Layer Height, NO2, O3, HCHO, Clouds) under realistic non-idealized conditions with varying cloud cover and a wide range of atmospheric conditions. Since TROPOMI is a hyperspectral imager with a very high spatial resolution of 3.5x7 km2, understanding local effects such as inhomogeneous sources of pollution, sub-pixel clouds and variations in ground albedo is important to interpret TROPOMI results. Therefore, the campaign included sub-pixel resolution local networks of sensors, involving Pandora and MAXDOAS instruments, around Cabauw (51.97° N, 4.93° E) and within the city of Rotterdam. Cabauw is considered rural while Rotterdam is densely populated and industrialized. These focal areas were connected through airborne as well as ground based mobile observations. Cabauw, using its comprehensive in-situ and remote sensing observation program in and around the 213 m meteorological tower, was the main site of the campaign with focus on vertical profiling using lidar instruments for aerosols, clouds, water vapor, tropospheric and stratospheric ozone, as well as balloon-borne sensors for NO2 and ozone. The data set collected can be directly compared to the TROPOMI L2 data products, while measurements of parameters related to a-priori data and auxiliary parameters that influence the quality of the L2 products such as aerosol and cloud profiles and in-situ aerosol and atmospheric chemistry were also collected. This paper gives an overview of the campaign, and an overview of the participating main and ancillary instrumentation. Furthermore, an overview of the meteorological and atmospheric conditions observed during the campaign is given from the respective perspectives of the participating instruments, including satellite observations and the support by atmospheric modeling (CAMS).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventAGU Fall Meeting 2019 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 9 Dec 201913 Dec 2019


ConferenceAGU Fall Meeting 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
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