As of this week, starting on 12 October 2021, NO2 observations from Sentinel-5p/TROPOMI are now operationally assimilated in the global forecasting system of the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS*). The CAMS forecasts are produced by the latest version of the highly successful Integrated Forecasting System (IFS), run by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). The same IFS is used for ECMWF’s operational weather forecasts. The new, improved global forecasting system has been running in test mode since August 2021 and yesterday it became the operational system. The CAMS validation team, led by the Dutch national weather service (Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut, KNMI), carefully assessed the outputs to ensure the quality of the daily analyses and forecasts. You can read more about this new development via this link.
Starting on 11 July, 2018 the TROPOMI Instragram account is now updated weekly with images relevant to recent air quality events and to highlight the capabilities of TROPOMI data products already publically released. Recent features include summer smog events, smoke plumes from intense wildfires in North America, hurricane tracking, and a glimpse of the Antarctic ozone hole Follow us at: https://www.instagram.com/knmi_nl/
On Friday, 16 December 2017 at the end of the Annual Fall Meeting held by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in New Orleans, the first results from TROPOMI were presented to the international, scientific community by Pepijn Veefkind. In his presentation, highlights from the recent "First Light" events held at DLR and KNMI were shared with the packed room of eager observers. Pictured here in impressive clarity, are individual nitrogen dioxide plumes from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants located on the South African "Highveld" just to the east of Johannesburg. This image was produced at KNMI within days after the cooler door opened on 7 November 2017 and the photo of it during presentation is courtesy of a member in the audience via Twitter. Just prior to this talk Pieternel Levelt also gave her PI talk about OMI, TROPOMI's important predecessor. From the first to the last day, Pepijn and Pieternel were greeted with congratulations from many international colleagues. The AGU first results presentation is included here as pdf file by clicking on the photo.