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Volume 4, issue 6 | Copyright
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 4, 1061-1076, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-4-1061-2011
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Research article 15 Jun 2011

Research article | 15 Jun 2011

Preliminary validation of column-averaged volume mixing ratios of carbon dioxide and methane retrieved from GOSAT short-wavelength infrared spectra

I. Morino1, O. Uchino1, M. Inoue1, Y. Yoshida1, T. Yokota1, P. O. Wennberg2, G. C. Toon3, D. Wunch2, C. M. Roehl2, J. Notholt4, T. Warneke4, J. Messerschmidt4, D. W. T. Griffith5, N. M. Deutscher5, V. Sherlock6, B. Connor6, J. Robinson6, R. Sussmann7, and M. Rettinger7 I. Morino et al.
  • 1National Institute for Environmental Studies, 16-2 Onogawa, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8506, Japan
  • 2California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, 91125-2100, USA
  • 3Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA, 91109-8099, USA
  • 4Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen, 28334 Bremen, Germany
  • 5Center for Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Wollongong, New South Wales 2522, Australia
  • 6National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 7IMK-IFU, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Abstract. Column-averaged volume mixing ratios of carbon dioxide and methane retrieved from the Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite (GOSAT) Short-Wavelength InfraRed observation (GOSAT SWIR XCO2 and XCH4) were compared with the reference calibrated data obtained by ground-based high-resolution Fourier Transform Spectrometers (g-b FTSs) participating in the Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON).

Preliminary results are as follows: the GOSAT SWIR XCO2 and XCH4 (Version 01.xx) are biased low by 8.85 ± 4.75 ppm (2.3 ± 1.2 %) and 20.4 ± 18.9 ppb (1.2 ± 1.1 %), respectively. The standard deviation of the GOSAT SWIR XCO2 and XCH4 is about 1 % (1 σ) after correcting the negative biases of XCO2 and XCH4 by 8.85 ppm and 20.4 ppb, respectively. The latitudinal distributions of zonal means of the GOSAT SWIR XCO2 and XCH4 show similar features to those of the g-b FTS data except for the negative biases in the GOSAT data.

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