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Title: Nadir measurements of carbon monoxide distributions by the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer instrument onboard the Aura Spacecraft : Overview of analysis approach and examples of initial results
Authors: Rinsland, Curtis P.
Luo, Ming
Logan, Jennifer A.
Beer, Reinhard
Worden, Helen
Kulawik, Susan S.
Rider, David
Osterman, Greg
Gunson, Michael
Eldering, Annmarie
Goldman, Aaron
Shephard, Mark
Clough, Shepard A.
Rodgers, Clive
Lampel, Michael
Chiou, Linda
Keywords: Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES)
carbon monoxide
Issue Date: 22-Nov-2006
Publisher: American Geophysical Union
Citation: Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 33, L22806, doi:10.1029/2006GL027000, 2006
Abstract: We provide an overview of the nadir measurements of carbon monoxide (CO) obtained thus far by the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer (TES). The instrument is a high resolution array Fourier transform spectrometer designed to measure infrared spectral radiances from low Earth orbit. It is one of four instruments successfully launched onboard the Aura platform into a sun synchronous orbit at an altitude of 705 km on July 15, 2004 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Nadir spectra are recorded at 0.06-cmˉ¹ spectral resolution with a nadir footprint of 5 X 8 km. We describe the TES retrieval approach for the analysis of the nadir measurements, report averaging kernels for typical tropical and polar ocean locations, characterize random and systematic errors for those locations, and describe instrument performance changes in the CO spectral region as a function of time. Sample maps of retrieved CO for the middle and upper troposphere from global surveys during December 2005 and April 2006 highlight the potential of the results for measurement and tracking of global pollution and determining air quality from space.
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