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Studying Envisat Attitude with SCIAMACHY Limb-scatter Measurements

von Savigny, Christian and Rozanov, Alexei and Bovensmann, Heinrich and Noel, Stefan and Gottwald, Manfred and Slijkhuis, Sander and Burrows, John P. (2007) Studying Envisat Attitude with SCIAMACHY Limb-scatter Measurements. In: Proceedings of the ENVISAT Symposium 2007, pp. 1-5. ENVISAT Symposium 2007, 2007-04-23 - 2007-04-27, Montreux (Schweiz).

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High pointing accuracy is a prime prerequisite of high quality remote sensing of atmospheric consitutents using limb viewing instruments. SCIAMACHY limb measurements were affected by limb tangent height errors of up to 3 km during the initial phase of the Envisat mission. These errors were caused by inaccurate satellite attitude information and possibly an instrument misalignment. Retrieval of pointing information from the limb spectra of scattered sunlight themselves is of crucial importance for all limb sensors. Here we present limb pointing retrieval results from SCIAMACHY based on two different algorithms: a Rayleigh-knee technique employing limb-radiance profiles at around 350 nm and an O3-knee technique based on limb radiance profiles between 295 and 305 nm. Both techniques use the shape of the limb-radiance profiles at the corresponding wavelengths as a signature for pointing retrievals. The retrievals allow to investigate seasonal, latitudinal and orbit-to-orbit variations in pointing errors. Moreover, indications for horizontally tilted azimuthal scanning of SCIAMACHY are found in azimuthally resolved pointing retrievals as well as comparisons of retrieved stratospheric O3 profiles with ground-based LIDAR measurements. The cause of this effect is likely a SCIAMACHY roll misalignment with respect to the satellite platform or an Envisat roll error.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/48302/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:Studying Envisat Attitude with SCIAMACHY Limb-scatter Measurements
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
von Savigny, ChristianIUP-IFE, Universität BremenUNSPECIFIED
Rozanov, AlexeiIUP-IFE, Universität BremenUNSPECIFIED
Bovensmann, HeinrichIUP-IFE, Universität BremenUNSPECIFIED
Noel, StefanIUP-IFE, Universität BremenUNSPECIFIED
Date:April 2007
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the ENVISAT Symposium 2007
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 1-5
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
Series Name:SP-636
Keywords:SCIAMACHY, ENVISAT, limb scatter, limb retrieval, attitude, mispointing, tangent height
Event Title:ENVISAT Symposium 2007
Event Location:Montreux (Schweiz)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2007-04-23 - 2007-04-27
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Entwicklung von Atmosphärenprozessoren (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Remote Sensing Technology Institute > Atmospheric Processors
Deposited By: Gottwald, Dr.rer.nat. Manfred
Deposited On:25 May 2007
Last Modified:22 Apr 2013 08:54

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