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Validation of Carbon Monoxide Total Column Retrievals from SCIAMACHY Observations with NDACC/TCCON Ground-Based Measurements

Hochstaffl, Philipp and Schreier, Franz and Lichtenberg, Günter and Gimeno Garcia, Sebastian (2018) Validation of Carbon Monoxide Total Column Retrievals from SCIAMACHY Observations with NDACC/TCCON Ground-Based Measurements. Remote Sensing, 10 (2), pp. 223-252. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/rs10020223. ISSN 2072-4292.

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The objective was to validate the carbon monoxide (CO) total column product inferred from Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Chartography (SCIAMACHY) full-mission (2003 - 2011) short-wave infrared (SWIR) nadir observations using the Beer InfraRed Retrieval Algorithm (BIRRA). Globally distributed Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) and Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON) ground-based (g-b) measurements were used as a true reference. Weighted averages of SCIAMACHY CO observations within a circle around the g-b observing system were utilized to minimize effects due to spatial mismatch of space-based (s-b) and g-b observations, i.e., disagreements due to representation errors rather than instrument and/or algorithm deficiencies. In addition, temporal weighted averages were examined and then the unweighted (classical) approach was compared to the weighted (non-classical) method. The delivered distance-based filtered SCIAMACHY data were in better agreement with respect to CO averages as compared to square-shaped sampling areas throughout the year. Errors in individual SCIAMACHY retrievals have increased substantially since 2005. The global bias was determined to be in the order of -10 parts per billion in volume (ppbv) depending on the reference network and validation strategy used. The largest negative bias was found to occur in the northern mid-latitudes in Europe and North America, and was partly caused by insufficient a priori estimates of CO and cloud shielding. Furthermore, no significant trend was identified in the global bias throughout the mission. The global analysis of the CO columns retrieved by the BIRRA shows results that are largely consistent with similar investigations in previous works.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/126667/
Document Type:Article
Title:Validation of Carbon Monoxide Total Column Retrievals from SCIAMACHY Observations with NDACC/TCCON Ground-Based Measurements
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Hochstaffl, PhilippUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9537-3050UNSPECIFIED
Schreier, FranzUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7196-6599UNSPECIFIED
Lichtenberg, GünterUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3335-2008UNSPECIFIED
Date:1 February 2018
Journal or Publication Title:Remote Sensing
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 223-252
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Series Name:Atmosphere Remote Sensing
Keywords:SCIAMACHY; BIRRA; NDACC; TCCON; validation; retrieval; carbon monoxide; mixing ratios; weighted averages
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):Vorhaben Spectroscopic Methods in Remote Sensing (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Remote Sensing Technology Institute > Atmospheric Processors
Deposited By: Hochstaffl, Dr. Philipp
Deposited On:05 Mar 2019 10:50
Last Modified:02 Nov 2023 12:03

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