Data products



Methane (CH4) is, after carbon dioxide (CO2), the most important contributor to the anthropogenically enhanced greenhouse effect. Roughly three-quarters of methane emissions are anthropogenic and as such it is important to continue the record of satellite based measurements. TROPOMI aims at providing CH4 column concentrations with high sensitivity to the Earth’s surface, good spatiotemporal coverage, and sufficient accuracy to facilitate inverse modeling of sources and sinks. TROPOMI will be using absorption information from the Oxygen-A Band (760nm) and the SWIR spectral range to monitor CH4 abundances in the Earth’s atmosphere. Data from the GOSAT satellite instrument (see below) and the ground-based TCCON instruments will be used for verification and validation.

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Data product version summary (click current version number for latest PUM).
Version number Version Effective Date Summary of Changes
1.0.0 6 months post-launch to next update Post-Phase E1 updates
0.11.4 present to 6 months post-launch First product release



The Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD) can be found by clicking here and the Product User Manual (PUM) link is located on the right under Documentation. In the near future, a sample data file will be available for download on this page. 

After launch, preliminary product results will be provided during the Commissioning Phase E1 and the Operational Phase. Product README (PRF) files will be created during Phase E1 in preparation for the Operational Phase.