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SCIAMACHY 4 years in space: Achievements, Data Usage and Outlook for the next 4 years

Heinrich Bovensmann(1), Noel Stefan(1), Michael Buchwitz(1), Andreas Richter(1), Alexej Rozanov(1), Christian von Savigny(1) and John Burrows(1)

(1) University of Bremen, FB 1, P.O. Box 33 04 40, D-28334, Germany

Abstract

SCIAMACHY on ENVISAT operates very succesfully since 2002 with an availability of over 90%. The operations of the instrument is flexible and very stable. Significant problems from the beginning of the mission, as for example the icing on the short wave infrared channels are now mitigated. Scientific and operational data products are now covering information from the surface, through troposphere, stratosphere and mesosphere as well as from the sun, with pathfinder applications in all areas. SCIAMACHY data is used in many international projects for example to constrain greenhouse gas sources and sinks, to quantify emissions from the industry and transport sector, to investigate the stratospheric bromine chemistry, to monitor the stratospheric O3 layer and to quantify solar-terrestrial interactions. The presentation will summarise the challenges and achievements w.r.t. SCIAMACHY data usage and will give an outlook towards the next 4 years of the mission.

 

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