Topic outline

  • What is a gridded dataset and how to create it?

    A case study on pollutants before and after the COVID-19 lockdown with the GOME-2 instrument 

    with Alessandra Cacciari, Julia  Wagemann, Federico Fierli 

    Download, plot and explore GOME-2 Level 2 data, build a gridded (Level-3) dataset of Europe and run basic statistics using Jupyter Notebooks. The activity consists of a live webinar, a self-paced learning period and a live feedback session.  

    The short course consists of two parts:

    The short course on 9 December gives you an introduction to the topic and the practical training material. Between the short course and the feedback session, you can work with the data in a self-paced manner. During the feedback session, we will discuss open questions and feedback.

    You can engage and ask questions via #EUMSC8

    Start familiarising yourself with the data and practical training material ahead of the short course.
    See the section 'Jupyterhub and practical training material' on how to get access .

  • Course outline

    The course has the following outline:

    • 12:00 - 12:20: Welcome and Introduction (Federico Fierli, EUMETSAT)
    • 12:20 - 12:45: GOME-2 Level 2 data (Claudia Cesarini, EUMETSAT)
    • 12:45 - 13:25: How to create a gridded dataset - Practical workflow with Jupyter notebooks (Julia Wagemann, MEEO)
    • 13:25 - 13:30: Q&A and Wrap-Up (Alessandra Cacciari)

  • What are GOME-2 data and where to find them?

    The main objectives of EUMETSAT Atmospheric Composition SAF (AC SAF,  is to process, archive, validate and disseminate atmospheric composition products from GOME-2 and IASI instruments onboard EUMETSAT Metop satellites. These products include e.g. total columns of different trace gases such as nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ozone (O3) and sulphur dioxide (SO2), tropospheric column of NO2, CO, UV-radiation, aerosol index as well as ozone profiles.  This section describes the products relevant for this course obtained from GOME-2 instrument, while IASI products are described in separate section.  Important applications of AC SAF data are e.g. monitoring global air quality or UV-radiation reaching the Earth's surface. In this section you will learn about AC SAF data products, what kind of studies they are useful for, and how you can access the data. 

    AC SAF provides three different types of datasets of GOME-2 observations: Near Real Time, Offline,  and Data Records. The datasets that will be used in this course are:

    • Level 2 Near Real Time (NRT) data (trace gases)
    • Level 2  and Level 3 Offline data (trace gases, absorbing aerosol index)
    • Level 3 Data Records (trace gases)

    How to access AC SAF data?

    The  AC SAF data are disseminated via DLR ATMOS and FMI data services that requires registration. Once registered, you will get access to both services. 

    The registration can be done here: 

    1. Click registration
    2. Fill in your information, from the products click as many as you wish. The selection of parameters doesn't limit your access to other parameters available in the services. 
    3. After successful registration you should receive username and password to your email.

  • Jupyterhub and practical training material

    The course material is made available on a JupyterHub instance, a pre-defined environment that gives learners direct access to the data and Python packages required for following the course.

    The JupyterHub can be accessed as follows:

    There are 100 places available, which will be given on a first come first served basis.


    To reproduce the course modules on your local setup, the following Python version and Python packages will be required:

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