An evaluation of infrared microwindows for ozone retrievals using the Eureka Bruker 125HR Fourier transform spectrometer

Abstract : A Bruker 125HR Fourier transform spectrometer was installed at the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) at Eureka, Nunavut, Canada in the summer of 2006 to study atmospheric composition. Using the optimal estimation method, typically over a limited spectral region called a microwindow, information about the vertical distribution of trace gas species that have absorption bands in the mid-infrared spectral range can be retrieved. Total and partial columns can also be determined to show the temporal evolution of the target gas. For ozone in particular, retrievals have been performed using several of its many mid-infrared absorption features, resulting in a lack of consistency in the literature in the microwindows chosen for retrievals. This work focuses on the optimization of the ozone retrieval, assessing a set of 22 microwindows between 780 and 3052 cm−1 to determine which is best suited to conditions at Eureka. The 1000-1004.5 cm−1 spectral interval is shown to be the most sensitive to both the stratosphere and troposphere. This microwindow gives the highest number of degrees of freedom for signal (~ 7 for total column), and the smallest total error (4.3%) compared with 21 other spectral regions. Retrievals performed with this microwindow agree well with results obtained from other instruments on-site. Total column ozone measured by the Bruker 125HR in this microwindow agreed to 2% with two other Fourier transform spectrometers, to 0.7% with a Brewer spectrophotometer, to 8% with a SAOZ UV-VIS spectrometer, and to 7% with ozone sondes.
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Rodica Lindenmaier, Rebecca L. Batchelor, Kimberly Strong, Hans Fast, Florence Goutail, et al.. An evaluation of infrared microwindows for ozone retrievals using the Eureka Bruker 125HR Fourier transform spectrometer. Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, Elsevier, 2010, 111 (4), pp.569-585. ⟨10.1016/j.jqsrt.2009.10.013⟩. ⟨hal-00443076⟩

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