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Future Products: SO2 Detection

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Example of the SO2 product as generated by the GOES-R SO2 detection algorithm for Meteosat-8 SEVIRI on November 29, 2006, at 12:45 UTC. Areas of detected SO2 resulting from the eruption of the Nyamuragira volcano in central Africa are outlined in white in the figure on the left. Estimates of the SO2 loading (DU) determined by the algorithm are shown in the figure on the right.
Download product algorithm theoretical basis document (ATBD)

SO2 detection is important for a variety of different forecasting applications. SO2 is linked to volcanic eruptions, an air quality and public health concern, and directly associated with global climate changes. Upper-level SO2 detection will rely primarily on the 7.3 and 8.6 µm infrared wavelengths to detect SO2 concentrations in the Earth’s atmosphere. Forecasters will be able to use knowledge of SO2 concentrations to help identify and trace volcanic ash clouds.