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Satellite-borne remote sensing of trace gases (SAT)

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We investigate the complex interaction of chemical and dynamical processes in the Earth's atmosphere on basis of distributions of trace gases, aerosols, clouds and temperature which we derive from spectral measurements of satellite remote sensing instruments. Our work field covers processing of satellite data and their validation, the research on physical and chemical processes in the atmosphere on the basis of the retrieved distributions of temperature, particles and trace gases, and the development and implementation of related satellite data analysis algorithms. The current focus of our work is the MIPAS-Envisat mission. The MIPAS satellite data derived by our group can be accessed here. Besides our work with MIPAS we are involved in the preparation of future space missions. On this website you find information about our publications, MIPAS-Envisat data, the annual MIPAS Data User Meeting, our radiative transfer model KOPRA, the team and our projects, as well as some pictures.

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El Niño affects the HCN content of the tropical stratosphere


Zonal mean HCN anomalies (in ppbv) as a function of altitude and time, as measured by MLS, MIPAS, and ACE-FTS. In the El Niño years 2002/2003, 2006/2007, 2009/2010 and particularly 2015/2016 increased mixing ratios of HCN were measured.

(Figure from https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-691-2018)


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