How to fetch the total Ozone Data from GOME

Francis Massen
file: fetchgome.html
 version 1.01 04 Mar 2003


Abstract  It is shown how to fetch the total ozone data of the location of meteoLCD from the GOME assimilated data files


Comparing the Microtops II measurements with other available data sources is important to detect either a constant offset between the instrument used at meteoLCD and other institutions, or to make checks for an eventual increasing mismatch . The paper "A comparison of the total ozone measurements done with the Microtops II sun photometer and the Uccle Brewer spectrophotometer" does this for the last 6 years: the conclusion is that the meteoLCD data are probably constantly too high, and that a multiplier of approx. 0.94 should be applied to the readings to yield data equal to the Uccle Brewer measurements. Uccle is located at about 150 km West from Diekirch ( Uccle longitude = 421' East, Diekirch 610' East), what is enough to give a difference of 10 DU magnitude, as suggested by the satellite data ( Uccle and Diekirch are approx. neighbour cells in the data file) 

"The Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment (GOME) was launched on the 21 April 1995 on board the second European Remote Sensing Satellite (ERS-2); This instrument can measure a range of atmospheric trace constituents, with the emphasis on global ozone distributions. GOME is a nadir-viewing spectrometer that measures the solar radiation scattered by the atmosphere in the ultraviolet and visible spectral region (240 to 790 nm). The sensor has a high spectral resolution of 0.2 to 0.4 nm sensed by four individual linear detector arrays each with 1024 detector pixels. The field of view may be varied in size from 320 km x 40 km to 960 km x 80 km. For further information and the mission objectives see the sensor information sheet." (quoted from the Gome home page)

The Gome data files are freely available on the internet at (for instance) the Gome Fast Delivery Service page of the KNMI from the Netherlands. As Gome takes 3 full days to get a complete coverage of the globe (each swath width is 960 km; see figure1 of, a technique called data assimilation combines observed data with a numerical model (TM3-DAM) to "fill the gaps". These assimilated data files (called TM3 level 4) are available as Ascii data for 12:00 UTC of every day of the year (see the preceeding link for a more complete explanantion).

The following steps show how to find in the (impressive) daily data file the reading corresponding to the location of Diekirch ( latitude 4952 North, longitude 610 East):

1. Go to the level 4 data page of the Gome Assimilated Ozone Fields page:
2. Click on the day of the month; Gome data  always apply to 12:00 UTC !
3. Find the data block corresponding to a latitude of 49.5 North (positive latitude): Diekirch is second last block at 6th line


The Gome reading of the current day may be found directly by following the link given at the bottom of the Live Weather page  of meteoLCD

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