Satellite Monitoring of Nitrogen Oxide Emissions

  • Igor KonovalovEmail author
  • Matthias Beekmann
  • Andreas Richter
  • John Burrows
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security book series (NAPSC)


The efficient control of air pollutant emissions into the atmosphere is important for sustainable development. Remarkable recent progress in satellite measurements of the composition of the troposphere has opened new prospects for monitoring of air pollution and emissions of pollutants. This paper presents examples of using satellite measurements of atmospheric composition for estimation of long-term changes of emissions in nitrogen oxides which are important air pollutants playing a major role in photochemical smog formation. The estimations are based on the use of inverse modeling methods enabling combination of the data for tropospheric NO2 column amounts derived from the long-term (1996–2008) GOME and SCIAMACHY satellite measurements with simulations performed by the CHIMERE chemistry transport model.


Air quality Pollutants Nitrogen oxides Chemistry transport model Satellite measurements 



This research was funded by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (grant No. 08-05-00969-a) and the European Commission through the GEOMON FP6 project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Igor Konovalov
    • 1
    Email author
  • Matthias Beekmann
    • 2
    • 3
  • Andreas Richter
    • 4
  • John Burrows
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Applied PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesNizhniy NovgorodRussia
  2. 2.Université Paris-EstParisFrance
  3. 3.Université Paris 7CréteilFrance
  4. 4.University of BremenBremenGermany

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