Earth Observing System missions benefit atmospheric research
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 85, Issue 18, pages 177–181, 4 May 2004
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2004), Earth Observing System missions benefit atmospheric research, Eos Trans. AGU, 85(18), 177–181, doi:10.1029/2004EO180001., et al. (
- Issue published online: 3 JUN 2011
- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
The Earth Observing System (EOS) Aura satellite mission is scheduled to launch in June 2004. The Aura mission wall make significantly improved measurements of atmospheric constituents.
Aura is designed to tackle three science questions: Is the ozone layer recovering as expected? What are the sources and processes that control tropospheric pollutants? And, what is the quantitative impact of constituents on climate change? Aura will answer these questions by globally measuring a comprehensive set of trace gases and aerosols (Table 1) at high vertical and horizontal resolution. Figure 1 shows the Aura spacecraft and its four instruments.