NOAA has expanded its atmospheric composition observing capabilities from satellites since the 1980s, and plans to include a dedicated ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) instrument aboard its next-generation geostationary constellation, GeoXO, expected to launch in the 2030s. On June 14th and 15th, 2022, the Climate Program Office’s Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle, and Climate (AC4) program, Earth’s Radiation Budget (ERB) Program, and National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) hosted the UV-Vis-NIR Workshop. Participants discussed applications that require atmospheric composition products from space-based ultraviolet (UV), Visible (Vis), and Near-Infrared (NIR) measurements. A new writeup, published as an early release in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS), details the outcomes of this workshop as a first step in the planning process toward refining the requirements for future LEO atmospheric composition capabilities. This larger effort will work to engage the broader atmospheric science community and work with users to maximally exploit these products when they become available.
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