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Volume 9, issue 5
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 2067–2076, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-2067-2016
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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 2067–2076, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-2067-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 10 May 2016

Research article | 10 May 2016

MIPAS database: new HNO3 line parameters at 7.6  µm validated with MIPAS satellite measurements

Agnès Perrin1, Jean-Marie Flaud1, Marco Ridolfi2,3, Jean Vander Auwera4, and Massimo Carlotti5 Agnès Perrin et al.
  • 1Laboratoire Interuniversitaire des Systèmes Atmosphériques (LISA), UMR 7583 CNRS, Universités Paris Est Créteil et Paris Diderot, Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, 61 avenue du Général de Gaulle, 94010 Créteil CEDEX, France
  • 2Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Bologna, 6/2 Viale Berti Pichat, 40127 Bologna, Italy
  • 3Istituto di Fisica Applicata “N. Carrara” (IFAC) del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), 10 Via Madonna del Piano, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (FI), Italy
  • 4Service de Chimie Quantique et Photophysique, C.P. 160/09, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 50 avenue F.D. Roosevelt, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
  • 5Dipartimento di Chimica Industriale “Toso Montanari”, Università di Bologna, 4 Viale del Risørgimento, 40136 Bologna, Italy

Abstract. Improved line positions and intensities have been generated for the 7.6 µm spectral region of nitric acid. They were obtained relying on a recent reinvestigation of the nitric acid band system at 7.6 µm and comparisons of HNO3 volume mixing ratio profiles retrieved from the Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding (MIPAS) limb emission radiances in the 11 and 7.6 µm domains. This has led to an improved database called MIPAS-2015. Comparisons with available laboratory information (individual line intensities, integrated absorption cross sections, and absorption cross sections) show that MIPAS-2015 provides an improved description of the 7.6 µm region of nitric acid. This study should help to improve HNO3 satellite retrievals by allowing measurements to be performed simultaneously in the 11 and 7.6 µm micro-windows. In particular, it should be useful to analyze existing MIPAS and IASI spectra as well as spectra to be recorded by the forthcoming Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer – New Generation (IASI-NG) instrument.

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Improved line positions and intensities have been generated for the 7.6 µm spectral region of nitric acid, relying on a recent laboratory reinvestigation and comparisons of HNO3 volume mixing ratios retrieved from Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding (MIPAS) radiances in the 11 and 7.6 µm regions. The much improved consistency of line intensities in both regions will make it possible to use them simultaneously to retrieve atmospheric HNO3.
Improved line positions and intensities have been generated for the 7.6 µm spectral region of...
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