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A. Rozanov, et al.
Retrieval of water vapor vertical distributions in the upper troposphere and the lower stratosphere from SCIAMACHY limb measurements
Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 4(5), 933-954, 2011; doi: 10.5194/amt-4-933-2011
H2O HDO H217O H218O
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Abstract


This study describes the retrieval of water vapor vertical distributions in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (UTLS) altitude range from space-borne observations of the scattered solar light made in limb viewing geometry. First results using measurements from SCIAMACHY (Scanning Imaging Absorption spectroMeter for Atmospheric CHartographY) aboard ENVISAT (Environmental Satellite) are presented here. In previous publications, the retrieval of water vapor vertical distributions has been achieved exploiting either the emitted radiance leaving the atmosphere or the transmitted solar radiation. In this study, the scattered solar radiation is used as a new source of information on the water vapor content in the UTLS region. A recently developed retrieval algorithm utilizes the differential absorption structure of the water vapor in 1353–1410 nm spectral range and yields the water vapor content in the 11–25 km altitude range. In this study, the retrieval algorithm is successfully applied to SCIAMACHY limb measurements and the resulting water vapor profiles are compared to in situ balloon-borne observations. The results from both satellite and balloon-borne instruments are found to agree typically within 10 %.

Reference


@article{amt-4-933-2011,
  author = "A. Rozanov and K. Weigel and H. Bovensmann and S. Dhomse and K.-U. Eichmann and R. Kivi and V. Rozanov and H. Vömel and M. Weber and J. P. Burrows",
  title = "Retrieval of water vapor vertical distributions in the upper troposphere and the lower stratosphere from SCIAMACHY limb measurements",
  year = 2011,
  journal = "Atmospheric Measurement Techniques",
  volume = 4,
  number = 5,
  pages = "933-954",
  month = "May",
  keywords = "H2O, HDO, H217O, H218O",
  doi = "10.5194/amt-4-933-2011",
  url = "https://www.atmos-meas-tech.net/4/933/2011/"
}
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