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Aerosol Data from the ATom Mission

The ATom aircraft

The ATom aircraft prepares to depart from Punta Arenas in southern Chile on October 14, 2017. During ATom-3, the science team flew over Antarctica and below the ozone hole before continuing on their journey north over the Atlantic Ocean to Greenland and returning to California.

Data collected by the Aerosol Microphysical Properties (AMP) instrument during the Atmospheric Tomography (ATom) Mission is now available.

Atmospheric Photolytic Rates from ATom

Photolysis frequency (J-value).

An image of photolysis frequency (J-value) for J-O1D under cloudy conditions from the GSFC GMI model.

Atmospheric photolytic rates for ozone and nitrogen dioxide were estimated using nine global chemistry-climate or chemistry-transport models.

Merged Data from the Atmospheric Tomography Mission

ATom flights

Generalized overview of ATom flights. During each of the four campaigns, ATom flights originated from California, flew south over the Pacific Ocean, then north to the western Arctic, southwest to New Zealand, east to Chile and the Atlantic Ocean, north to Greenland, and returned to California across North America. During flights, the aircraft continuously profiled the atmosphere from 0.2 to 12 km altitude.

The Atmospheric Tomography Mission (ATom) has released multi-instrument merged data from all four flight campaigns spanning from 2016 - 2018.

Atmospheric Profiles of Hydroxyl and Formaldehyde

Full flight tracks for ATom missions 1

Circles mark the locations of the 139 selected profiles sampling the remote troposphere. Circle color indicates HCHO column densities integrated over each ATom profile. Data are overlain on global gridded OMI HCHO column densities averaged over the mission. From Wolfe et al. (2019) (see dataset references).

New data from NASA's Atmospheric Tomography Mission (ATom) provide hydroxyl and formaldehyde column density in the remote troposphere.

ATom Instrument Calibration and Performance Data

The interior of the NASA DC-8 aircraft prepared for takeoff

The interior of the instrumented NASA DC-8 aircraft as prepared for takeoff. The UHSAS data were collected during ATom deployments.

Calibration and in-flight performance data for Ultra-High Sensitivity Aerosol Spectrometers used during ATom deployments is now available.

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