The MIPAS instrument was designed to acquire global measurements of the Earth's limb emission, ranging from the upper troposphere to the mesosphere. Analysis of numerous trace gases exhibiting spectral features in the 685 - 2410 cm-1 wave-number interval (14.6 - 4.15 micron wavelengths) takes place, with a focus on stratospheric ozone chemistry and dynamics.
In particular, MIPAS provides global observations of NOy compounds and of all important greenhouse gases. Moreover, it allows the sensing of various species in the upper troposphere and in the mesosphere. Such measurements are relevant for studies of tropospheric chemistry, tropospheric/stratospheric exchange processes, and the Earth's global energy budgets.