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Atmospheric processes in the upper troposphere and lowermost stratosphere as seen by MIPAS

Gabriele P. Stiller(1), Thomas von Clarmann(1), Herbert Fischer(1), Bernd Funke(2), Gizaw Mengistu Tsidu(1,3), Norbert Glatthor(1), Udo Grabowski(1), Michael Höpfner(1), Sylvia Kellmann(1), Michael Kiefer(1), Andrea Linden(1), Mathias Milz(1), Tilman Steck(1), Ding-Yi Yang(1,5), Manuel López-Puertas(2) and J. Steinwagner(4)

(1) Forschungszentrum / University Karlsruhe, P.O. Box 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe, Germany
(2) Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, Apartado Postal 3004, 18080 Granada, Spain
(3) University of Bremen, Otto-Hahn-Allee 1, 28359 Bremen, Germany
(4) Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Saupfercheckweg 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany
(5) SAIC/GSO, 7501 Forbes Blvd, Seabrook, Maryland 20706, United States


Although designed primarily for observation of the stratosphere, MIPAS provides a wealth of valuable data on the upper troposphere and lowermost stratosphere (UTLS). Processes in the UTLS relevant to chemistry-climate coupling and observed by MIPAS include the distribution of greenhouse gases in the troposphere, transport of water vapour through the (tropical) tropopause, stratosphere/troposphere exchange in the extra-tropics, biomass burning and long-range transport of pollutants in the upper troposphere, and chemical processes in the TTL. Examples for episodes representing such processes have been analysed on basis of distributions of trace gases retrieved from MIPAS spectral data with the scientific processor at IMK/IAA. In particular these are UTLS water vapour, HDO, ozone, HNO3, CFCs, SF6, CH4, N2O, CO, PAN, C2H6, clouds, and temperature. In this contribution, an overview will be given on the scientific MIPAS results related to UTLS.

The IMK/IAA MIPAS-ENVISAT TEAM is: T. von Clarmann (1), H. Fischer (1), B. Funke (2), Gizaw Mengistu Tsidu (1,3), N. Glatthor (1), U. Grabowski (1), M. Höpfner (1), S. Kellmann (1), M. Kiefer (1), A. Linden (1), M. López-Puertas (2), M. Milz (1), T. Steck (1), J. Steinwagner (4), G.P. Stiller (1), D.-Y. Wang (1,5)

(1) Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe/University of Karlsruhe, Institut fuer Meteorologie und Klimaforschung, Karlsruhe, Germany; (2) Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia, CSIC, Granada, Spain; (3) now with: Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany; (4) Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg, Germany; (5) now with: SAIC/GSO: MODIS Characterization Support Team, Seabrook, MD 20706, USA


Workshop presentation

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