New Service in ADC for Atmospheric Chemistry to Use Total Column Indicators for Trace Gases O3, NO2, SO2, HCHO in the atmosphere

24 May 2018

The ADC now offers daily updates of the Total Column indicators (index TC) as received from the Eumetsat satellite. The TC index provides information on the total columns of four type of trace gases in the atmosphere: O3 (Ozone), NO2 (Nitrogen Dioxide), SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide) and HCHO (Formaldehyde), for instance their distribution in perceived vertical columns along the layers of the atmosphere.



The need to monitor atmospheric chemistry took place for the first time when there was a serious loss stratospheric ozone found in Polar Regions. At the same time, it was observed that levels increased ultraviolet radiation. Ultraviolet radiation is known to be dangerous to humans and animals, and has a detrimental effect on agriculture, forests and the ocean food chain. In addition, its overheating planet - apart from the effect of atmospheric chemistry - also enhances the depletion of ozone by stratosphere. Combined, these phenomena have enormous effects on the whole planet and monitoring plays an important role for climate change.

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