Ozone Mapping & Profiler Suite
Improving environmental data records
OMPS is one of five instruments that launched aboard our Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership (NPP) spacecraft in 2011. OMPS measures atmospheric ozone and how ozone concentration varies with altitude. It functions like other similar instruments, but provides data with higher fidelity.
OMPS is a three-part instrument: a nadir mapper that will map global ozone with about 50-km ground resolution, a nadir profiler that will measure the vertical distribution of ozone in the stratosphere, and a limb profiler that measures ozone in the lower stratosphere and troposphere with high vertical resolution.
We’re building a second OMPS flight unit that will fly on the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) expected to launch in 2017. This flight unit doesn’t include the limb profiler.