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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 on highlighted version number for the latest PRF).
Version number Version Effective Orbit Number and Date Summary of changes
1.04.00 OFFL: orbit 16213, 2020-11-29 Current version
1.03.02 OFFL: orbit 7907, 2019-04-23
RPRO:  orbit 2818, 2018-04-30
1.03.01 OFFL: orbit 7425, 2019-03-20 Reprocessing to fill data gaps


Links to the Product Readme File (PRF), 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 available only in the OFFL and RPRO data streams, the data was first released in November 2018 and is available via the Copernicus Open Data Access Hub (see link on right).