Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution
Watching North American air quality
How does air pollution impact global weather and climate? Air pollution measurements from NASA’s TEMPO mission will give scientists the answer.
The TEMPO instrument, a geostationary ultraviolet/visible spectrometer, will provide daylight measurements of ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, formaldehyde and aerosols across North America, from Mexico City to Canada and from coast to coast. The instrument will be the first space-based ultraviolet/visible light air quality spectrometer in geostationary orbit.
Expected to launch in late 2017 with a two-year design life, TEMPO will share a ride on a commercial satellite as a hosted payload to an orbit about 22,000 miles above Earth’s equator.