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Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 5, 1273-1290, 2005
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31 May 2005
SCIAMACHY validation by aircraft remote sensing: design, execution, and first measurement results of the SCIA-VALUE mission
A. Fix1, G. Ehret1, H. Flentje1, G. Poberaj1,*, M. Gottwald2, H. Finkenzeller3, H. Bremer4, M. Bruns4, J. P. Burrows4, A. Kleinböhl4, H. Küllmann4, J. Kuttippurath4, A. Richter4, P. Wang5, K.-P. Heue5, U. Platt5, I. Pundt5, and T. Wagner5 1Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre, DLR Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
2Deutsches Fernerkundungsdatenzentrum, DLR Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
3Flugbetrieb, DLR Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
4Institut für Umweltphysik, Universität Bremen, Germany
5Institut für Umweltphysik, Universität Heidelberg, Germany
*now at: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich, Institute of Quantum Electronics, Zürich, Switzerland
Abstract. For the first time three different remote sensing instruments – a sub-millimeter radiometer, a differential optical absorption spectrometer in the UV-visible spectral range, and a lidar – were deployed aboard DLR's meteorological research aircraft Falcon 20 to validate a large number of SCIAMACHY level 2 and off-line data products such as O3, NO2, N2O, BrO, OClO, H2O, aerosols, and clouds. Within two validation campaigns of the SCIA-VALUE mission (SCIAMACHY VALidation and Utilization Experiment) extended latitudinal cross-sections stretching from polar regions to the tropics as well as longitudinal cross sections at polar latitudes at about 70° N and the equator were generated. This contribution gives an overview over the campaigns performed and reports on the observation strategy for achieving the validation goals. We also emphasize the synergetic use of the novel set of aircraft instrumentation and the usefulness of this innovative suite of remote sensing instruments for satellite validation.

Citation: Fix, A., Ehret, G., Flentje, H., Poberaj, G., Gottwald, M., Finkenzeller, H., Bremer, H., Bruns, M., Burrows, J. P., Kleinböhl, A., Küllmann, H., Kuttippurath, J., Richter, A., Wang, P., Heue, K.-P., Platt, U., Pundt, I., and Wagner, T.: SCIAMACHY validation by aircraft remote sensing: design, execution, and first measurement results of the SCIA-VALUE mission, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 5, 1273-1290,, 2005.
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