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Fabry-Perot interferometer for geostationary-based observations of tropospheric ozone
Author(s): Allen M. Larar; William A. Roettker; Jeffery J. Puschell; William B. Cook
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Paper Abstract

Monitoring tropospheric chemistry from space is the next frontier for advancing present-day remote sensing capabilities to meet future high-priority atmospheric science measurement needs. Paramount to these measurement requirements is that for tropospheric ozone, one of the most important gas-phase trace constituents in the lower atmosphere. Such space-based observations of tropospheric trace species are challenged by the need for sufficient horizontal resolution to identify constituent spatial distribution inhomogeneities (that result from non-uniform sources/sinks and atmospheric transport) and the need for adequate temporal resolution to resolve daytime and diurnal variations. Both of these requirements can be fulfilled from a geostationary Earth orbit (GEO) measurement configuration. An advanced atmospheric remote sensing concept for the measurement of tropospheric ozone from a GEO-based platform is presented. The concept is centered about an imaging Fabry-Perot interferometer (FPI) observing a narrow spectral interval within the strong 9.6 micron ozone infrared band with a spectral resolution approximately 0.07 cm-1. This concept could also simplify other atmospheric chemistry sensor designs (which typically require spectral resolutions in the range of 0.01 - 0.1 cm-1), since such an FPI approach could be implemented for those spectral bands requiring the highest spectral resolution and thus simplify overall design complexity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3756, Optical Spectroscopic Techniques and Instrumentation for Atmospheric and Space Research III, (20 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.366373
Show Author Affiliations
Allen M. Larar, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
William A. Roettker, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Jeffery J. Puschell, Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing (United States)
William B. Cook, Univ. of Michigan (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3756:
Optical Spectroscopic Techniques and Instrumentation for Atmospheric and Space Research III
Allen M. Larar, Editor(s)

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