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Title:THE ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY EXPERIMENT (ACE) SATELLITE: NEW PROCESSING RESULTS
Author(s):Bernath, Peter F.
Contributor(s):Boone, Chris
Subject(s):Atmospheric science
Abstract:After almost 16 years in low-Earth orbit, the ACE satellite (aka SCISAT) is making near-real time measurements of numerous trace gases, thin clouds, aerosols and temperature by solar occultation. A high inclination orbit gives coverage of tropical, mid-latitude and polar regions. The primary instrument is a high-resolution (0.02 cm$^{-1}$) infrared Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS) operating in the 750--4400 cm$^{-1}$ region, which provides data for the vertical distribution of trace gases, and for temperature and pressure. Aerosols and clouds are monitored by their infrared spectra and through the extinction of solar radiation using two filtered imagers. Our new version of FTS processing, v.4.0, retrieves 44 molecules including 19 halogen-containing gases, in addition to 24 isotopologues, and features new routine data products SO$_2$, ClO, HFC-134a, HFC-23, acetone, acetonitrile, PAN (peroxyacetyl nitrate) and low altitude CO$_2$. At low altitudes (5.5 to 17.5 km) collision-induced absorption spectra of nitrogen provide the pointing (tangent altitude of the field-of-view). When combined with the Canadian weather service model, the pointing yields our new low altitude CO$_2$ data product. ACE monitors the Montreal Protocol substances that deplete the ozone layer, and all of the main greenhouse gases, including CO$_2$, responsible for climate change. See http://www.ace.uwaterloo.ca for more information.
Issue Date:2019-06-20
Publisher:International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/104250
DOI:10.15278/isms.2019.RJ01
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Peter F. Bernath
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-07-15
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