2020 Antarctic Ozone Hole Monitoring with Sentinel-5P Data Using Python

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Thursday 29th of April 2021

RUS Copernicus will provide a full day hands-on training session where participants will access from their own laptop a Virtual Machine to exploit the open source toolboxes available in the RUS environment to download and process Sentinel-5P data.

Please note that the RUS Copernicus Virtual Machines used for this training course can only be provided to citizens/residents of the Copernicus programme member countries (EU plus Iceland and Norway).


Sentinel-5P was launched in October 2017 to screen the Earth’s atmosphere and quantify different pollutants (O3, CO, NO2, SO2, aerosols…) with a great accuracy and spatial resolution. It also provides measurement continuity with precedent and ongoing atmospheric spatial missions (OMI, IASI and SCHIAMACHY). The data recorded by this satellite are free of use and present a great interest to globally monitor the ozone layer, air quality, greenhouse gas emissions and detect and assess the impact of polluting events.

This full day hands-on training session will focus on the processing of Sentinel-5P data to monitor the atmospheric ozone layer over Antarctica. Python and the Atmospheric Toolbox on the Jupyter notebook environment will be used throughout the workshop.

After a detailed introduction on the Sentinel-5P mission and associated ozone products, you will manipulate Sentinel-5P data to study the outstanding 2020 Antarctic Ozone hole.  First you will get familiar with the automatic download of Sentinel data by command line. Then you will learn to compute and map the daily averaged total column of ozone over Antarctica at different dates. You will identify the ozone hole boundaries and generate an animation of the evolution of the hole extent for a limited time period. This workshop will also teach you how to validate your results against the Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service (CAMS) ozone global analysis products. Finally, we will analyse a time series of the ozone total column minimum over Antarctica.

If you want to learn about ozone monitoring from space, do not hesitate, Register now!


Attendees must be in possession of their own computer with a microphone to follow the online training and will be provided with access to the RUS platform Virtual Machine.

Cost & Participation

Attendance to the training course is free of charge.

Audience & Selection

This training session is designed for a beginner audience, wishing to discover Sentinel-5P data download and processing. Space is limited to 20 participants on a first-come first-served basis.


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2020 Antarctic Ozone Hole Monitoring with Sentinel-5P Data Using Python

Date & training date:

Thursday 29th of April 2021

10:00 – 17:00 CEST


Due to the uncertainties related to the coronavirus situation, this hands-on session will be held fully online.