The TEMPO mission plans to use as much as 25% of the observing time for non-standard (“high-time”) operations with sub-hourly temporal resolution (less than 5 minutes is possible) over selected sizes of the FoR. A special focus of the high-time operations will be disaster events, such as wildfires, dust storms, volcanic eruptions, and industrial accidents, along with unique chemistry experiments aimed at further enhancing our understanding of rapidly varying emissions and air pollutants in complex environments. High-time operations can be performed in the first four months after launch during the commissioning phase of the mission when instrument testing and calibration are conducted. The high-time scan mode can be initiated in about one-hour after notice of an impending or occurring event with considerable flexibility in the specifications of temporal frequency and swath width.
To maximize the value of both standard (hourly) and high-time observations from TEMPO, planning and coordination activities have commenced during the pre-launch era of the mission. Early Adopters can have an impactful role in the planning activities by submitting experiment requests for the standard and high-time observations from TEMPO. Descriptions of experiment requests can be found in the TEMPO Green Paper living document, which is being routinely updated with new experiments during the pre-launch mission. Input from early adopters from a wide spectrum of science applications is key in the development of a comprehensive TEMPO Green Paper that will enhance pre-launch planning activities and use of TEMPO data for societal benefit after launch.
Submit your experiment ideas through the "Experiment Request" button above.