The NASA sponsored Advanced Geosynchronous Studies (AGS) program is to conduct intensive studies to demonstrate the use of advanced new technologies and instruments on geosynchronous satellites to improve our current capabilities of monitoring the global weather, climate, and chemistry. The Geostationary Atmospheric Sounder (GAS), to be developed under AGS, is intended to demonstrate a new space-based infrared imaging interferometer that is well suited for achieving the high temporal and spatial global coverage of cloud motion, water vapor transport, thermal and moisture vertical profiles, land and ocean surface temperature, and trace gas concentrations. The AGS technology demonstrations will show the capabilities of passive infrared observations from future NOAA geostationary operational sounders. The focus of this presentation is to provide quantitative assessments of a few design configurations for the trace gases sounding feasibility from geostationary orbit. Trade-off studies of spectral, temporal, and spatial resolution are to be emphasized. Preliminary conclusions for the design of an operational geo sounder for chemistry applications will be made.