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Title: Envisat MIPAS measurements of CFC-11 : Retrieval, validation, and climatology
Authors: Hoffmann, L.
Kaufmann, M.
Spang, R.
Müller, R.
Remedios, John J.
Moore, D. P.
Volk, C. M.
Von Clarmann, T. J.
Riese, M.
First Published: 10-Jul-2008
Publisher: Copernicus Publications on behalf of the European Geosciences Union
Citation: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, 2008, 8 (2), pp. 4561-4602
Abstract: From July 2002 to March 2004 the Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding (MIPAS) aboard the European Space Agency's Environmental Satellite (Envisat) measured nearly continuously mid infrared limb radiance spectra. These measurements are utilised to retrieve the global distribution of the chlorofluorocarbon CFC-11 by applying a new fast forward model for Envisat MIPAS and an accompanying optimal estimation retrieval processor. A detailed analysis shows that the total retrieval errors of the individual CFC-11 volume mixing ratios are typically below 10% in the altitude range 10 to 25 km and that the systematic components dominate. Contribution of a priori information to the retrieval results are less than 5 to 10% and the vertical resolution of the observations is about 3 to 4 km in the same vertical range. The data are successfully validated by comparison with several other space experiments, an air-borne in-situ instrument, measurements from ground-based networks, and independent Envisat MIPAS analyses. The retrieval results from 425 000 Envisat MIPAS limb scans are compiled to provide a new climatological data set of CFC-11. The climatology shows significantly lower CFC-11 abundances in the lower stratosphere compared with the Reference Atmospheres for MIPAS (RAMstan V3.1) climatology. Depending on the atmospheric conditions the differences between the climatologies are up to 30 to 110 ppt (45 to 150%) at 19 to 27 km altitude. Additionally, time series of CFC-11 mean abundance and variability for five latitudinal bands are presented. The observed CFC-11 distributions can be explained by the residual mean circulation and large-scale eddy-transports in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere. The new CFC-11 data set is well suited for further scientific studies.
DOI Link: 10.5194/acp-8-3671-2008
ISSN: 1680-7367
eISSN: 1680-7375
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © Author(s) 2008. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License ( ), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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