Claus Zehner

European Space Agency

Dr. Claus Zehner is an employee of the European Space Agency and has been working on the exploitation of atmospheric satellite measurements since 1993. Since Nov. 2016 he is the Mission Manager of the Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite.

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The Status of the Sentinel-5 Precursor Mission and First Results

The Sentinel-5 Precursor mission is the first atmospheric Copernicus mission and was successfully launched on 13th October 2017. The mission provides daily global information at unprecedented spatial resolution (~7x3.5km2) on trace gases and aerosols important for air quality, climate forcing and the ozone layer. The only payload of the mission is the TROPOMI instrument (co-funded by ESA and the Netherlands), which is a nadir push-broom spectrometer measuring in the ultraviolet, visible, near-infrared and the shortwave infrared. The selected wavelength range allows for the observation of key atmospheric constituents including O3, NO2, CO, SO2, CH4, CH2O, aerosols and clouds.

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