Provider: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
- Continual spectral coverage between 3.2 and 15. 4 nanometers
Launch Date: July 15, 2004
Description: The Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer, TES, is the first satellite instrument to provide simultaneous concentrations of carbon monoxide, ozone, water vapor and methane throughout Earth’s lower atmosphere. This is also where gases such as ozone (O3) are formed, transported, and interact with other gases, and where much of the atmospheric water cycle is dictated. Understanding the distribution and movement of these and other trace gases is vital if we are to understand and correctly represent climate and air quality.