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Millimeter-wave tomographic limb-sounding of the UTLS: investigation of retrieval resolution
Author(s): Victoria Louise Jay; Richard Siddans; William Jolyon Reburn; Brian J. Kerridge
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Paper Abstract

The Millimetre-wave Acquisitions for Stratosphere-Troposphere Exchange Research (MASTER) instrument is intended to sound the gaseous composition of the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (UTLS) in a future ESA space mission. A significant and inherent advantage of operation at millimetre and sub-millimetre wavelengths in comparison to limb-sounders operating at infra-red and shorter wavelengths is low sensitivity to cirrus clouds. MASTER will employ relatively small vertical and horizontal spacings between limb views, in order to over-sample the atmosphere in the orbit plane. By viewing each air mass from different directions, and including this information in the retrieval, horizontal as well as vertical structure of atmospheric fields may be captured. In order to examine this tomographic limb-sounding approach for MASTER, a state-of-the-art 2-D radiative transfer model and retrieval model have been developed and used in simulation experiments. A linear analysis has been performed to establish achievable horizontal and vertical retrieval resolution for target species and to identify additional parameters to include in the state vector in order to reduce error sensitivities. A realistic mid-latitude scenario and appropriate instrument and model errors have been considered. By accurately modelling radiative transfer in two dimensions within the orbit plane, and using multiple limb-sequences simultaneously in a 2-D retrieval, a horizontal resolution better than 200 km can be achieved, together with ~2 km vertical resolution for retrievals of water vapour, ozone and other trace gases in the UTLS.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 February 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5234, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites VII, (2 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.514188
Show Author Affiliations
Victoria Louise Jay, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Richard Siddans, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
William Jolyon Reburn, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Brian J. Kerridge, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5234:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites VII
Roland Meynart; Steven P. Neeck; Haruhisa Shimoda; Joan B. Lurie; Michelle L. Aten, Editor(s)

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