BackForwardInstrument:  POAM 

Instrument details
Acronym POAM
Full name Polar Ozone and Aerosol Measurement
Purpose Atmospheric chemistry in high troposphere and stratosphere. Tracked species: H2O, NO2, O3 and aerosol
Short description 9-channel photometer operating in the range 350-1064 nm (POAM-2 on SPOT 3) or 350-1024 nm (POAM-3 on SPOT 4). Spectral resolution about 10 nm
Background New development
Scanning Technique Limb scanning in solar occultation; vertical range 10-60 km
Resolution 300 km (horizontal), 0.6 km (vertical)
Coverage / Cycle N/A (few tens of events/day limited to latitudes above ~ 60
Mass 25 kg Power Data Rate


Providing Agency NRL
Instrument Maturity Flown on operational programme
Utilization Period: 1993 to 2006
Last update: 2017-01-17
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

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Instrument classification
  • Earth observation instrument
  • Limb sounders
  • Limb sounder
WIGOS Subcomponents
  • Subcomponent 2
  • UV/VIS/NIR/IR/MW limb sounders
  • UV/VIS/NIR/IR occultation limb sounder
Mission objectives
No mission objectives have been defined.
Evaluation of Measurements

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Note: * Primary mission objective.