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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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Subsidence during a major stratospheric warming observed and modelled


The figure shows the timeseries of mean NOx (= NO + NO2) averaged over 70-90o N during the strong major warming/elevated stratopause event in late winter 2009. The observations by MIPAS (top left panel) are compared to simulations from 8 different models. The white lines in the model results are the isolines from the MIPAS panel.



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