Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research

IMK MIPAS data are used within numerous SPARC related initiatives

Within the SPARC-related initiative HEPPA (High Energetic Particle Precipitation in the Atmosphere) (see SPARC newsletter no. 36, page 28ff), IMK-IAA-generated MIPAS data are used to assess the effect of solar proton events (SPE) on atmospheric chemistry. The left figure shows MIPAS measurements of SPE-related ozone changes (bold dashed line) in comparison with numerous model simulations. The bold solid line represents the multi-model mean. The right panel is the same for NOy changes.

The HEPPA initiative will now be merged with the SPARC SOLARIS (Solar Influence for SPARC) activity (see SPARC newsletter no. 36, page 1ff).

Beyond HEPPA, data produced with the IMK-IAA MIPAS processor are used within the framework of the SPARC Data Initiative (SDI) where climatologies of various trace gases will be produced (see SPARC newsletter no. 36, page 22ff).

As part of the SPARC-related project 'Stratospheric Change and its role for climate prediction (SHARP)', MIPAS data are used to assess water vapour changes as well as changes of the Brewer Dobson circulation (see SPARC newsletter no. 36, page 32ff).

The use of MIPAS data within the SPARC activity CCMVal has been presented in February 2011.