P. Bernath
The Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE)
Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer (Satellite Remote Sensing and Spectroscopy: Joint ACE-Odin Meeting, October 2015), 186, 3-16, 2017; doi: 10.1016/j.jqsrt.2016.04.006
satellite remote sensing Fourier transform spectroscopy space science atmospheric chemistry solar occultation


The Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE), also called SCISAT, is a Canadian-led small satellite mission for remote sensing of the Earth’s atmosphere. ACE was launched into a low Earth circular orbit by NASA on August 12, 2003 and it continues to function nominally. The ACE instruments are a high spectral resolution (0.02 cm−1) Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS) operating from 2.2 to 13.3 μm (750–4400 cm−1), a spectrophotometer known as Measurement of Aerosol Extinction in the Stratosphere and Troposphere Retrieved by Occultation (MAESTRO) with wavelength coverage of 285–1020 nm and two filtered detector arrays to image the Sun at 0.525 and 1.02 μm. ACE operates in solar occultation mode to provide altitude profiles of temperature, pressure, atmospheric extinction and the volume mixing ratios (VMRs) for several dozen molecules and related isotopologues. This paper presents a mission overview and a summary of selected scientific results.


  author = "P. Bernath",
  title = "The Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE)",
  year = 2017,
  journal = "Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer",
  publisher = "Elsevier",
  volume = 186,
  pages = "3-16",
  month = "Jan",
  keywords = "satellite remote sensing, Fourier transform spectroscopy, space science, atmospheric chemistry, solar occultation",
  doi = "10.1016/j.jqsrt.2016.04.006",
  url = "",
  note = "Satellite Remote Sensing and Spectroscopy: Joint ACE-Odin Meeting, October 2015"
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