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Volume 5, issue 6 | Copyright
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 5, 1205-1228, 2012
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-5-1205-2012
© Author(s) 2012. This work is distributed under
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Research article 01 Jun 2012

Research article | 01 Jun 2012

MIPAS-STR measurements in the Arctic UTLS in winter/spring 2010: instrument characterization, retrieval and validation

W. Woiwode1, H. Oelhaf1, T. Gulde1, C. Piesch1, G. Maucher1, A. Ebersoldt2, C. Keim1,*, M. Höpfner1, S. Khaykin3, F. Ravegnani4, A. E. Ulanovsky3, C. M. Volk5, E. Hösen5, A. Dörnbrack6, J. Ungermann7, C. Kalicinsky5, and J. Orphal1 W. Woiwode et al.
  • 1Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 2Institute for Data Processing and Electronics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 3Central Aerological Observatory, Dolgoprudny, Moscow region, Russia
  • 4Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, CNR-ISAC, Bologna, Italy
  • 5Department of Physics, University of Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany
  • 6DLR, Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre, 82230 Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
  • 7Institute of Energy and Climate Research, Research Centre Jülich GmbH, Jülich, Germany
  • *now at: Astrium GmbH, Friedrichshafen, Germany

Abstract. The mid-infrared FTIR-limb-sounder Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding–STRatospheric aircraft (MIPAS-STR) was deployed onboard the research aircraft M55 Geophysica during the RECONCILE campaign (Reconciliation of Essential Process Parameters for an Enhanced Predictability of Arctic Stratospheric Ozone Loss and its Climate Interactions) in the Arctic winter/spring 2010. From the MIPAS-STR measurements, vertical profiles and 2-dimensional vertical cross-sections of temperature and trace gases are retrieved. Detailed mesoscale structures of polar vortex air, extra vortex air and vortex filaments are identified in the results at typical vertical resolutions of 1 to 2 km and typical horizontal sampling densities of 45 or 25 km, depending on the sampling programme. Results are shown for the RECONCILE flight 11 on 2 March 2010 and are validated with collocated in-situ measurements of temperature, O3, CFC-11, CFC-12 and H2O. Exceptional agreement is found for the in-situ comparisons of temperature and O3, with mean differences (vertical profile/along flight track) of 0.2/−0.2 K for temperature and −0.01/0.05 ppmv for O3 and corresponding sample standard deviations of the mean differences of 0.7/0.6 K and 0.1/0.3 ppmv. The comparison of the retrieved vertical cross-sections of HNO3 from MIPAS-STR and the infrared limb-sounder Cryogenic Infrared Spectrometers and Telescopes for the Atmosphere–New Frontiers (CRISTA–NF) indicates a high degree of agreement. We discuss MIPAS-STR in its current configuration, the spectral and radiometric calibration of the measurements and the retrieval of atmospheric parameters from the spectra. The MIPAS-STR measurements are significantly affected by continuum-like contributions, which are attributed to background aerosol and broad spectral signatures from interfering trace gases, and are important for mid-infrared limb-sounding in the Upper Troposphere/Lower Stratosphere (UTLS) region. Taking into consideration continuum-like effects, we present a scheme suitable for accurate retrievals of temperature and an extended set of trace gases, including the correction of a systematic line-of-sight offset.

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