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2014 Aura Science Team Meeting Celebrates 10 Years in Orbit

NASA GES DISC archives and distributes data from 3 of the 4 Aura instruments

2014 Aura Science Team Meeting Celebrates 10 Years in Orbit

The Aura spacecraft is one of NASA's three Earth Observation System satellites. Terra (launched in 1998) and Aqua (launched in 2002) are the other two EOS satellites.

2014 Aura Science Team Meeting Celebrates 10 Years in Orbit


From September 15-18, 2014, scientists from around the world participated in the Aura Science Team Meeting in College Park, Maryland. The meeting took place soon after the 10-year anniversary of Aura's launch on July 15, 2004. The meeting agenda (available here) featured presentations describing observations and analyses based on data acquired by Aura's four remote-sensing instruments.

The Aura satellite is dedicated to observations of Earth's atmosphere, targeting many different chemical species that are found in the atmosphere. The meeting took place in the midst of news that international efforts to reduce stratospheric ozone destruction are succeeding – stratospheric ozone concentrations are recovering and the Antarctic "ozone hole" is no longer increasing in size, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) (PDF).

Staff members of the NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) attended the meeting, as the GES DISC is the designated archive for three of the four instruments in the Aura instrument payload:  

Data from the fourth Aura sensor, the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES), is archived by the Langley Atmospheric Science Data Center (ASDC).


MLS, HIRDLS, and OMI data can be acquired from the GES DISC's data search and order Mirador system (  Selected data products, particularly from OMI, can be explored with the data visualization capabilities of Giovanni (  While the primary use of data from OMI has been to monitor the status of ozone concentrations in the stratosphere, the data have also been used to observe sulfur dioxide emissions from volcanic eruptions, nitrogen dioxide production and transport from wildfires and urban pollution, and to estimate exposure to UV radiation during a variety of outdoor activities. 


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