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Volume 10, issue 7 | Copyright
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 2645-2667, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-2645-2017
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Research article 25 Jul 2017

Research article | 25 Jul 2017

Validation of the CrIS fast physical NH3 retrieval with ground-based FTIR

Enrico Dammers1, Mark W. Shephard2, Mathias Palm3, Karen Cady-Pereira4, Shannon Capps5,a, Erik Lutsch6, Kim Strong6, James W. Hannigan7, Ivan Ortega7, Geoffrey C. Toon8, Wolfgang Stremme9, Michel Grutter9, Nicholas Jones10, Dan Smale11, Jacob Siemons2, Kevin Hrpcek12, Denis Tremblay13, Martijn Schaap14, Justus Notholt3, and Jan Willem Erisman1,15 Enrico Dammers et al.
  • 1Cluster Earth and Climate, Department of Earth Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • 2Environment and Climate Change Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 3Institut für Umweltphysik, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany
  • 4Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER), Lexington, Massachusetts, USA
  • 5Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • 6Department of Physics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 7NCAR, Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • 8Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA
  • 9Centro de Ciencias de la Atmósfera, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 10University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia
  • 11National Institute of Water and Atmosphere, Lauder, New Zealand
  • 12University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC), Madison, Wisconsin, USA
  • 13Science Data Processing, Inc., Laurel, MD, USA
  • 14TNO Built Environment and Geosciences, Department of Air Quality and Climate, Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • 15Louis Bolk Institute, Driebergen, the Netherlands
  • anow at: Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Department, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Abstract. Presented here is the validation of the CrIS (Cross-track Infrared Sounder) fast physical NH3 retrieval (CFPR) column and profile measurements using ground-based Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) observations. We use the total columns and profiles from seven FTIR sites in the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) to validate the satellite data products. The overall FTIR and CrIS total columns have a positive correlation of r = 0.77 (N = 218) with very little bias (a slope of 1.02). Binning the comparisons by total column amounts, for concentrations larger than 1.0 × 1016moleculescm−2, i.e. ranging from moderate to polluted conditions, the relative difference is on average ∼0–5% with a standard deviation of 25–50%, which is comparable to the estimated retrieval uncertainties in both CrIS and the FTIR. For the smallest total column range (<1.0 × 1016moleculescm−2) where there are a large number of observations at or near the CrIS noise level (detection limit) the absolute differences between CrIS and the FTIR total columns show a slight positive column bias. The CrIS and FTIR profile comparison differences are mostly within the range of the single-level retrieved profile values from estimated retrieval uncertainties, showing average differences in the range of  ∼20 to 40%. The CrIS retrievals typically show good vertical sensitivity down into the boundary layer which typically peaks at  ∼850hPa (∼1.5km). At this level the median absolute difference is 0.87(std = ±0.08)ppb, corresponding to a median relative difference of 39%(std = ±2%). Most of the absolute and relative profile comparison differences are in the range of the estimated retrieval uncertainties. At the surface, where CrIS typically has lower sensitivity, it tends to overestimate in low-concentration conditions and underestimate in higher atmospheric concentration conditions.

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Presented here is the validation of the CrIS fast physical retrieval (CFPR) NH3 column and profile measurements using ground-based Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) observations. The overall FTIR and CrIS total columns have a positive correlation of r = 0.77 (N = 218) with very little bias (a slope of 1.02). Furthermore, we find that CrIS and FTIR profile comparison differences are mostly within the range of the estimated retrieval uncertainties, with differences in the range of ~ 20 to 40 %.
Presented here is the validation of the CrIS fast physical retrieval (CFPR) NH3 column and...
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