Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI)

The Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) aboard NASA's Aura satellite measures ozone from Earth's surface to top-of-atmosphere.

OMI NRT Data and Information

  • Download OMI data directly from:
    • OMI-NRT1
    • The directory path is /<data type>/, where <data type> is the specific data type, e.g., OMTO3, OMSO2NRTb, etc.
  • Data provider: OMI Science Investigator-led Processing System (OMI SIPS)
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The Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) aboard NASA's Aura satellite (launched in 2004) measures ozone from Earth's surface to top-of-atmosphere. OMI also measures sulfur dioxide (SO2), aerosols, and cloud top pressure. Near real-time (NRT) OMI data are available through LANCE generally within 100 to 165 minutes after a satellite observation.

To download OMI data, register for an Earthdata Login. Use the table below to access specific LANCE data products.

Instructions for downloading data via https and on automating scripts can be found below.

OMI / Aura

Description Volume
OMCLDRR L2 Effective Cloud Pressure and Fraction (Raman Scattering) Swath 13x24 km 0.01 Worldview Browse
OMTO3e L3 TOMS-Like Ozone and Radiative Cloud Fraction Daily Global 0.25x0.25 deg 0.003 Worldview Browse (TOMS-Like Ozone)
OMTO3 L2 Ozone (O3) Total Column Swath 13x24 km 0.71 N/A
OMAERUV L2 Near UV Aerosol Optical Depth and Single Scattering Albedo Swath 13x24 km 0.07 Worldview Browse
OMSO2NRTb L2 Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) Total Column Swath 13x24 km 0.58 Worldview Browse

Paths to files and directories via https follow similar patterns to ftp, for example the following URL ftp://omisips1.omisips.eosdis.nasa.gov/outgoing/OMCLDRR/ corresponds to https://omisips1.omisips.eosdis.nasa.gov/outgoing/OMCLDRR

You can use curl or wget in scripts to pull files; for example to get all the files in a directory the following wget command will grab the files and save to the current working directory:

wget -rnd  --header='Authorization: Bearer MY_APP_KEY' 
or to list the contents (note as html):
wget -O  --header='Authorization: Bearer MY_APP_KEY'  
where MY_APP_KEY is the generated key per the instructions below.

Instructions for downloading data via https protocol from OMISIPS1

OMI and OMPS downloads are being switched from ftp to http(s). NASA's Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS), our parent organization, requires that we track who downloads files and we do this via Earthdata Login and/or App Keys.

Earthdata Login is appropriate when using a browser as the redirection for http will work correctly. However when using the command line tools this becomes complex. To simplify this we have implemented App Keys; you generate a key and pass it to your script in a header.

Requesting an App Key

App Keys are string tokens that identify who you are. App Keys get passed in the authorization header of each HTTP GET request and they last at least three months, which means they can be used in scripts. Any user that does not already have an App Key for OMI/OMPS SIPS can get one by performing the following steps:

  • Go to the Level-1 and Atmosphere Archive and Distribution System Distributed Active Archive Center (LAADS DAAC) URL: https://ladsweb.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/tools-and-services/
  • Login by going to Profile → Earthdata Login
    • Note the first time you login via Earthdata Login, it will prompt you to accept authorization of Sentinel3 and MERIS, you must accept to continue
  • Select Profile / App Keys from the top menu
  • Create your new App Key by entering a description and clicking the "Create New App Key" button
  • Highlight and copy the App Key from the list and save in a file for use later

Retrieving an App Key

Any forgotten or lost App Keys can be retrieved using the following steps:

  • Login to the LAADS DAAC web site using the Profile → Earthdata Login menu
  • Select Profile / App Keys from the top menu
  • Highlight and copy any existing App Keys from the list

Users are permitted to have more than one App Key at a time.

To use the App Key with wget (replace MY_APP_KEY with key copied from website):

wget -nd -r --header='Authorization: Bearer MY_APP_KEY' https://omisips1.omisips.eosdis.nasa.gov/outgoing/PATH_TO_MY_FILE

Same example with curl:

curl  -H 'Authorization: Bearer MY_APP_KEY' https://omisips1.omisips.eosdis.nasa.gov/outgoing/PATH_TO_MY_FILE" > result

The example above passes your App Key via the Authorization HTTP header while utilizing the Bearer schema. When finished, the resulting download will be written to a file called “result“ in whatever directory (folder) you run the command from.

The App Key located in the header is how the SIPS identifies users. If the App Key is invalid, or missing the command will not work.

To get a listing (to standard out) of the OMTO3 directory via wget use:

wget -nd  --header='Authorization: Bearer MY_APP_KEY' https://omisips1.omisips.eosdis.nasa.gov/outgoing/OMTO3 -O -

To download a single file:

For example OMI-Aura_L2-OMTO3_2018m0529t0918-o73776_v883-2018m0529t120750.he5 go to the current directory:

wget -nd  --header='Authorization: Bearer MY_APP_KEY' https://omisips1.omisips.eosdis.nasa.gov/outgoing/OMTO3/OMI-Aura_L2-OMTO3_2018m0529t0918-o73776_v883-2018m0529t120750.he5

To download all files in the OMTO3 directory to a given directory

FOO in this case and filters out any file ending in '.html' :

wget -r -nd  --header='Authorization: Bearer MY_APP_KEY' -R ".html" https://omisips1.omisips.eosdis.nasa.gov/outgoing/OMTO3 -P FOO

Example scripts and more information can be found at: https://ladsweb.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/tools-and-services/data-download-scripts/

If using the the example scripts found on laadsweb, the URL must be changed to the omisips URL: https://omisips1.omisips.eosdis.nasa.gov/outgoing/


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