EGU General Assembly 2020
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The Sentinel-5 Precursor VAlidatioN and calibraTion Experiment (SVANTE)

Michel Van Roozendael1, Frederik Tack1, Alexis Merlaud1, Dirk Schuettemeyer2, Frank Hase3, Andreas Richter4, Andreas Meier4, Mahesh Kumar Sha1, Martine De Mazière1, Arnoud Apituley5, Doina Nicolae6, Andreaa Calcan7, Thomas Ruhtz8, Cyril Crévoisier9, Anke Roiger10, Angelika Dehn11, and Claus Zehner11
Michel Van Roozendael et al.
  • 1Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB), Atmospheric Reactive Gases, Brussels, Belgium (
  • 2European Space Agency (ESA/ESTEC), 2201 AZ Noordwijk, The Netherlands
  • 3Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 4Institute for Environmental Physics, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany
  • 5Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), 3731 De Bilt, the Netherlands
  • 6National Institute of R&D for Optoelectronics (INOE), 77125 Magurele, Romania
  • 7National Institute for Aerospace Research “Elie Carafoli” (INCAS), Bucharest, Romania
  • 8Institute for Space Sciences, Free University of Berlin, 12165 Berlin, Germany
  • 9Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau, France
  • 10German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Remote Sensing Technology Institute, Oberpfaffenhofen, 82234 Wessling, Germany
  • 11European Space Agency (ESA/ESRIN), 00044 Frascati, Italy

Launched on 13 October 2017, Sentinel 5 Precursor (S-5p) is the first mission of the Copernicus Programme dedicated to the monitoring of air quality, climate, ozone and UV radiation. The S-5p characteristics, in particular its fine spatial resolution of 3.5 x 5.5 km2, introduce new opportunities for science and applications requiring to carefully assess the quality and validity of the generated data products by comparison with independent measurements and analyses.

While the routine validation and QA/QC of the S-5p operational products is performed within the ESA Mission Performance Center (MPC) based on a limited number of Fiducial Reference Measurements (FRM), additional validation activities including field campaigns are conducted in research mode as part of the S-5p Validation Team (S5PVT). The validation activities bring together various teams and instruments and provide a more in-depth, complete insight into the S-5p instrument performance and the fitness for purpose of its data products.

Here, we present observational deployments planned to take place in 2020-2021 in the context of the Sentinel 5p VAlidatioN and calibraTion Experiment (SVANTE). A first set of activities concentrates on the main S-5p UV-Vis tropospheric products (NO2, HCHO and SO2). Airborne measurements, including both in-situ spiral and remote sensing mapping flights, are planned over cities and industrial areas in Romania (Bucharest; Jiu valley), the German Ruhr area (Cologne; Duisburg; Dusseldorf) and Berlin, Belgium (Antwerp and Brussels), The Netherlands (Rotterdam and Cabauw), as well as the southern part of The Persian Gulf. These operations will be supported by ground-based measurements using Pandora, MAX-DOAS, car-DOAS, sun-photometer, ceilometer, lidar, etc. Over Berlin and Bucharest, the aim is to perform recurrent airborne observations with hyperspectral imagers in order to accumulate mapping data during approximately one full year, under variable meteorological and air quality conditions, as well as different satellite overpass configurations.

A second set of activities will focus on the validation of the SWIR data products (CO and CH4). COCCON (COllaborative Carbon Column Observing Network) portable low-resolution EM27/SUN FTIR spectrometers will be deployed for an extended period at different sites in order to obtain a good coverage of geophysical parameters and different ground scenes.

Additionally, synergies will be created with large field campaigns, such as the Asian Summer Monsoon Chemical and Climate Impact Project (ACCLIP) and the 2020 HYTES Joint European Campaign, which will provide airborne measurements of NO2, CO and CH4 columns and vertical profiles.

The various airborne and ground-based measurements will produce a comprehensive ensemble of reference datasets. For each product, a core team will coordinate validation tasks, making use of data collected in all relevant instrumental deployments.

How to cite: Van Roozendael, M., Tack, F., Merlaud, A., Schuettemeyer, D., Hase, F., Richter, A., Meier, A., Sha, M. K., De Mazière, M., Apituley, A., Nicolae, D., Calcan, A., Ruhtz, T., Crévoisier, C., Roiger, A., Dehn, A., and Zehner, C.: The Sentinel-5 Precursor VAlidatioN and calibraTion Experiment (SVANTE), EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-18805,, 2020