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Long term satellite observations of tropospheric formaldehyde HCHO are essential to support air quality and chemistry-climate related studies from the regional to the global scale. Formaldehyde is an intermediate gas in almost all oxidation chains of non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOC), leading eventually to CO2. Non-Methane Volatile Organic Compounds (NMVOCs) are, together with NOx, CO and CH4, among the most important precursors of tropospheric O3. The major HCHO source in the remote atmosphere is CH4 oxidation. Over the continents, the oxidation of higher NMVOCs emitted from vegetation, fires, traffic and industrial sources results in important and localized enhancements of the HCHO levels. The seasonal and inter-annual variations of the formaldehyde distribution are principally related to temperature changes and fire events, but also to changes in anthropogenic activities. Its lifetime being of the order of a few hours, HCHO concentrations in the boundary layer can be directly related to the release of short-lived hydrocarbons, which mostly cannot be observed directly from space. Data from TROPOMI will be compared to the OMI data record used to produce the monthly image (Aug 2009) shown here.

Data product version summary (click current version number for latest ATBD).
Version number Version Effective Date Summary of Changes
1.01.00 Next planned update  
1.00.00 NRTI: 2018-07-04 (orbit 03745) to present
OFFL: 2018-06-28 (orbit 03661) to present
Not yet released



Links to the Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD) and the Product User Manual (PUM) are located on the right of this page under Documentation. This data product is planned for release in the third quarter of 2018. Once released, the Product Readme files (PRF) will be made available here.