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Cloud Parameter Retrieval from MIPAS Level 1B Data

Jane Hurley(1), Anu Dudhia(1) and Graham Ewen(1)

(1) University of Oxford, Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford, OX1 3PU, United Kingdom

Abstract

MIPAS is an infrared limb-sounding Michelson interferometer onboard the ENVISAT satellite.

At low tangent heights, clouds are frequently detected in the field of view and, when retrieving profiles of atmospheric composition, cloud-contaminated spectra are usually excluded.

Here we present results of an investigation into various cloud parameters which may be retrieved from such spectra: cloud top height, cloud depth, particle number density and effective radius.

Preliminary results are shown of a cloud top height retrieval from actual MIPAS spectra and compared with colocated spectra from the ACE solar-occultation instrument.

 

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Keywords: ESA European Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne, observation de la terre, earth observation, satellite remote sensing, teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar, chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar, atmospheric chemistry