We present a new product with explicit aerosol corrections, POMINO-TROPOMI, for tropospheric nitrogen dioxide (NO2) vertical column densities (VCDs) over East Asia, based on the newly launched TROPOspheric Monitoring Instrument with an unprecedented high horizontal resolution. Compared to the official TM5-MP-DOMINO (OFFLINE) product, POMINO-TROPOMI shows stronger concentration gradients near emission source locations and better agrees with MAX-DOAS measurements (R2=0.75; NMB=0.8 % versus R2=0.68, NMB=−41.9 %). Sensitivity tests suggest that implicit aerosol corrections, as in TM5-MP-DOMINO, lead to underestimations of NO2 columns by about 25 % over the polluted northern East China region. Reducing the horizontal resolution of a priori NO2 profiles would underestimate the retrieved NO2 columns over isolated city clusters in western China by 35 % but with overestimates of more than 50 % over many offshore coastal areas. The effect of a priori NO2 profiles is more important under calm conditions.
M Liu, J Lin, H Kong, F K Boersma, H J Eskes, Y Kanaya, Q He, X Tian, K Qin, P Xie, R Spurr, R Ni, Y Yan, H Weng, J Wang. A new TROPOMI product for tropospheric NO2 columns over East Asia with explicit aerosol corrections
Status: accepted, Journal: Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, Volume: 13, Year: 2020, First page: 4247, Last page: 4259, doi: https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-4247-2020