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Validation of the retrieval of surface skin temperature and surface emissivity from MOPITT measurements and their impacts on the retrieval of tropospheric carbon monoxide profiles
Author(s): Shu-Peng Ho; John C. Gille; David P. Edwards; Juying Warner; Merritt N. Deeter; Gene L. Francis; Daniel C. Ziskin
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Paper Abstract

The Measurements of Pollution In The Troposphere (MOPITT) instrument is designed to measure the spatial and temporal variation of the carbon monoxide (CO) profile and total column amount in the troposphere from the space. MOPITT channels are sensitive to both thermal emission from the surface and target gas absorption and emission. Surface temperature and emissivity are retrieved simultaneously with the CO profile. To obtain the desired 10% precision for the retrieved CO from MOPITT measurements, it is important to understand MOPITT CO channel sensitivity to surface temperature and emissivity and the impacts of the effects of any errors in retrieved skin temperature and emissivity on retrieved CO for various underlying surfaces. To demonstrate the impacts of the surface temperature and emissivity on the retrieval of the tropospheric CO profile, simulation studies are performed. The collocated Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) surface products are used to assess the accuracy of the retrieved MOPITT surface temperature and emissivity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 April 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4891, Optical Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds III, (9 April 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.467311
Show Author Affiliations
Shu-Peng Ho, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
John C. Gille, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
David P. Edwards, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
Juying Warner, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
Merritt N. Deeter, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
Gene L. Francis, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)
Daniel C. Ziskin, National Ctr. for Atmospheric Research (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4891:
Optical Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Clouds III
Hung-Lung Huang; Daren Lu; Yasuhiro Sasano, Editor(s)

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