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Methane monitoring from space
Author(s): C. Stephan; M. Alpers; B. Millet; G. Ehret; P. Flamant

Paper Abstract

Methane is one of the strongest anthropogenic greenhouse gases. It contributes by its radiative forcing significantly to the global warming. For a better understanding of climate changes, it is necessary to apply precise space-based measurement techniques in order to obtain a global view on the complex processes that control the methane concentration in the atmosphere. The MERLIN mission is a joint French-German cooperation, on a micro satellite mission for space-based measurement of spatial and temporal gradients of atmospheric methane columns on a global scale. MERLIN will be the first Integrated Path Differential Absorption LIDAR for greenhouse gas monitoring from space. In contrast to passive methane missions, the LIDAR instrument allows measurements at alllatitudes, all-seasons and during night.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10564, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2012, 105643U (20 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2309021
Show Author Affiliations
C. Stephan, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (Germany)
M. Alpers, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (Germany)
B. Millet, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
G. Ehret, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (Germany)
P. Flamant, Lab. de Météorologie Dynamique (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10564:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2012
Bruno Cugny; Errico Armandillo; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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