Atmospheric Composition [O3]

An online expert consultation on preparing users for present and upcoming Atmospheric Composition Satellite Data held in collaboration with CAMS-ECMWF and aiming to:

1. Foster engagement of existing and new users of atmospheric composition for applications and services
2. Raise awareness of datasets, existing and emerging applications using existing and upcoming satellite datasets
3. Verify user preparation elements and set up a series of needs and priorities



Fire emissions pose serious concerns for public health, natural resources, ecosytems and climate change. In turn, a changing climate with prolonged and more frequent heatwaves, changes in atmospheric regimes, and land aridity increases the risk of fires and the regional extent and duration of the fire season. This leads to an increased need for National Services to provide and communicate about fire risk, nowcasting and impacts to a wide range of users. Some of these needs are tackled with dedicated Copernicus services for emergency management and monitoring the atmosphere at the global and Europe-wide scale. Services such as the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), which also contributes to the Global Wildfire Information System (GWIS), a joint initiative between Copernicus, GEO and NASA, provide a comprehensive view and evaluation of fire regimes and at global level including selected data from satellite. Use of emissions from Global Fire assimilation System (GFAS) is implemented in GWIS. Satellite observations can respond to these needs thanks to their great potential for nowcasting, decision support and providing key information on the fire impact assessment.

This is a guest open Moodle course hosting a number of resources to support prepparation of atmospheric composition dataset handling. On this page you can:

  • Find out how you can register for a number of services.
  • Download a number of datasets as instructed in the sections below and get ready to read and handle datasets.
  • Watch the Atmospheric Composition MOOC videos that provide a general background on Atmospheric composition

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The European Space Agency (ESA), the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), and the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) organised a first joint training course on Atmospheric Composition with a focus on air quality. The specific course goals were:

  1. Presenting the state of the art in air quality monitoring, the societal impact and needs
  2. Enhancing the capacity on data access and analysis of existing and new satellite data products and monitoring services
  3. Fostering participants driven personal and team projects

Dates: 4 - 8 Nov 2019

Location: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

This is the online training phase of the Third ACAM Training School (24-25 June 2019) will be focused on Satellite Observations and Analysis of Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosols in the Asian Monsoon region. The school is held in conjunction with the Fourth ACAM Workshop (26-28 June) in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

The specific goal of the training school is to enhance capacity of early career scientists in the areas of atmospheric composition data analysis using satellite remote sensing, model and analysis products. The 2-day training school will provide lectures and tutorials on using latest and comprehensive global datasets on atmospheric composition. Participants will develop small-scale science projects to apply these datasets in their area of research interests. 

During this online phase, participants will get familiar with the datasets and discuss their projects with trainers.

Dates: 24-25 June 2019

Location: Malaysia