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30 September 2021
     

The OMI surface LER database contains the Lambertian-equivalent reflectivity (LER) of the Earth's surface at 23 one-nm wide wavelength bins between 328 and 499 nm. The LER albedo values were derived from OMI data using the Doubling-Adding KNMI (DAK) polarised radiative transfer code. The model consists of an atmosphere for which Rayleigh scattering and ozone absorption are taken into account, and which is bounded below by a Lambertian surface. The surface LER is available for each month of the year and for the following wavelengths: 328, 335, 342, 345, 354, 367, 372, 376, 380, 388, 406, 416, 418, 425, 440, 442, 452, 463, 471, 477, 488, 494, and 499 nm.


Archive:

The database is available as a single HDF-5 file:

OMI-Aura_L3-OMLER_2005m01-2009m12_v003-2010m0503t063707.he5   (299 MB)

Previous versions of the databases can be downloaded here.

The spatial resolution of the database grid is 0.5°×0.5°. The format and the contents of the database file are both explained here.


 
Data use / License / Citation:

The OMI surface LER database is free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes. If you use the database for a publication (research or otherwise), or for any other purpose, please refer to the following publication:

Q.L. Kleipool, M.R. Dobber, J.F. de Haan, and P.F. Levelt, Earth surface reflectance climatology from 3 years of OMI data, J. Geophys. Res. 113, D18308, doi:10.1029/2008JD010290, 2008 (PDF)

We suggest that you include the following acknowledgement: "We acknowledge the free use of the OMI surface LER database provided by the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)."


Documentation:

  • Q.L. Kleipool, M.R. Dobber, J.F. de Haan, and P.F. Levelt, Earth surface reflectance climatology from 3 years of OMI data, J. Geophys. Res. 113, D18308, doi:10.1029/2008JD010290, 2008 (PDF)

  • L.G. Tilstra, O.N.E. Tuinder, P. Wang, and P. Stammes, Surface reflectivity climatologies from UV to NIR determined from Earth observations by GOME-2 and SCIAMACHY, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 122, 4084-4111, doi:10.1002/2016JD025940, 2017 (PDF)