Satellite-borne remote sensing of trace gases (SAT)
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, our radiative transfer model KOPRA, the team and our projects.
Highlight of the month:
RCP/KOPRA goes Mars!
A recent paper by Miguel-Angel López Valverde (IAA/CSIC, Spain) et.al. (Martian atmospheric temperature and density profiles during the 1st year of NOMAD/TGO solar occultation measurements, accepted for publication in JGR-Planets 2022) shows temperature and density profiles from the second half of Martian Year 34, covering two seasons from April 2018 to March 2019 where the NOMAD/TGO instrument on the ESA ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter measured infrared solar occultation spectra in the range 2.3 to 4.3 μm. These profiles have been retrieved by our successful RCP/KOPRA processor used for two decades now to derive terrestrial atmospheric state and trace gas distributions from infrared emission spectra obtained by the ESA ENVISAT/MIPAS mission between 2002 and 2012.
Further information can be found here.