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   Emissions of pollutants to the ambient environment are at the origin of atmospheric pollution issues. Emission inventories provide important information on magnitude, type of activity, time evolution and the spatial coverage of the estimated emissions. These inventories are developed for use in scientific applications as input in urban, regional, continental or global scale models, and for use by the policy makers in order to evaluate progress towards emission abatement measures, and decide on future strategies.

Within the GlobEmission project (part of Data User Element programme of ESA) emission estimates will be developed from satellite observations of air constituents. The main advantage of these emission estimates are the spatial consistency, high temporal resolution and the rapid availability of these estimates to the user. Based on the requirements of several dedicated users the following services have been developed:

  • Global biogenic emissions of isoprene
  • Global anthropogenic VOC emissions
  • Regional emissions of NOx and SO2 (China, South Africa, India, Middle East)
  • European emission estimates of NOx, SO2 and CO
  • Regional aerosol-related emissions
  • Global emissions related to forest-fires

The GlobEmission project started at October 2011. Currently, it is in the second phase and will continue at least till April 2016. GlobEmission is a consortium of KNMI (The Netherlands), BIRA-IASB (Belgium), FMI (Finland), TNO (The Netherlands), and VITO (Belgium).


High resolution NOx emission maps added for South Africa. They are downscaled from satellite based regional emission estimates. New emission data sets added: anthropogenic isoprene emissions and NMVOC fire emissions from the OMI instrument; NOx emissions in the Middle East. The GlobEmission project is extended and will at least continue till April 2016. The GlobEmission User Workshop will be held at Frascati at 5 December 2013.

BIRA-IASB Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy TNO KNMI Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute FMI Finnish Meteorological Institute VITO Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek