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See detailMeasured and modeled trends of stratospheric Cly and Fy column amounts in the northern hemisphere
Ruhnke, Roland; Blumenstock, Thomas; Borsdorff, Tobias et al

Poster (2008, July)

The german HGF virtual institute PEP (Pole-Equator-Pole) has been established in 2004 in order to investigate the variability of atmospheric trace constituents along a north-south transection. Within PEP ... [more ▼]

The german HGF virtual institute PEP (Pole-Equator-Pole) has been established in 2004 in order to investigate the variability of atmospheric trace constituents along a north-south transection. Within PEP the HGF centres AWI and FZK as well as the german Universities of Bremen, Karlsruhe and Potsdam combine their knowledge and capabilities in ground-based measurements and global and regional modelling of atmospheric trace constituents and aerosols. Here we present results of long-term measurements of the stratospheric column of HCl, ClONO2, HF, and O3 obtained at the different PEP stations in the northern hemisphere and in addtion at Jungfraujoch. All stations are affiliated to the NDACC (Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change). The measured time series are compared with long-term model calculations performed with a state of the art 2-D model of the University of Bremen and the 3-D CTM KASIMA. Please note, that the lowest altitude for the determination of the total columns is about 7 km leading to a slight underestimation w.r.t. the measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailCO measurements from the ACE-FTS satellite instrument: data analysis and validation using ground-based, airborne and spaceborne observations
Clerbaux, Catherine; George, Maya; Turquety, Solène et al

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (2008), 8

The Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE) mission was launched in August 2003 to sound the atmosphere by solar occultation. Carbon monoxide (CO), a good tracer of pollution plumes and atmospheric ... [more ▼]

The Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE) mission was launched in August 2003 to sound the atmosphere by solar occultation. Carbon monoxide (CO), a good tracer of pollution plumes and atmospheric dynamics, is one of the key species provided by the primary instrument, the ACE-Fourier Transform Spectrometer (ACE-FTS). This instrument performs measurements in both the CO 1-0 and 2-0 ro-vibrational bands, from which vertically resolved CO concentration profiles are retrieved, from the mid-troposphere to the thermosphere. This paper presents an updated description of the ACE-FTS version 2.2 CO data product, along with a comprehensive validation of these profiles using available observations (February 2004 to December 2006). We have compared the CO partial columns with ground-based measurements using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and millimeter wave radiometry, and the volume mixing ratio profiles with airborne (both high-altitude balloon flight and airplane) observations. CO satellite observations provided by nadir-looking instruments (MOPITT and TES) as well as limb-viewing remote sensors (MIPAS, SMR and MLS) were also compared with the ACE-FTS CO products. We show that the ACE-FTS measurements provide CO profiles with small retrieval errors (better than 5% from the upper troposphere to 40 km, and better than 10% above). These observations agree well with the correlative measurements, considering the rather loose coincidence criteria in some cases. Based on the validation exercise we assess the following uncertainties to the ACE-FTS measurement data: better than 15% in the upper troposphere (8–12 km), than 30% in the lower stratosphere (12–30 km), and than 25% from 30 to 100 km. [less ▲]

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See detailValidation of ACE-FTS v2.2 methane profiles from the upper troposphere to the lower mesosphere
De Mazière, Martine; Vigouroux, Corinne; Bernath, Peter et al

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (2008), 9(9), 2421-2435

The ACE-FTS (Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment – Fourier Transform Spectrometer) solar occultation instrument that was launched onboard the Canadian SCISAT-1 satellite in August 2003 is measuring vertical ... [more ▼]

The ACE-FTS (Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment – Fourier Transform Spectrometer) solar occultation instrument that was launched onboard the Canadian SCISAT-1 satellite in August 2003 is measuring vertical profiles from the upper troposphere to the lower mesosphere for a large number of atmospheric constituents. Methane is one of the key species. The version v2.2 data of the ACE-FTS CH4 data have been compared to correlative satellite, balloon-borne and ground-based Fourier transform infrared remote sensing data to assess their quality. The comparison results indicate that the accuracy of the data is within 10% in the upper troposphere – lower stratosphere, and within 25% in the middle and higher stratosphere up to the lower mesosphere (<60 km). The observed differences are generally consistent with reported systematic uncertainties. ACE-FTS is also shown to reproduce the variability of methane in the stratosphere and lower mesosphere. [less ▲]

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See detailCarbonyl fluoride (COF2) vertical information above Jungfraujoch by FTIR and multi-spectra fitting: error budget and comparisons with KASIMA 3-D CTM model calculations
Duchatelet, Pierre ULg; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Ruhnke, Roland et al

Poster (2008, April)

The major sources of fluorine in the stratosphere are CFC-11 and CFC-12. During the decomposition process, fluorine is first present in the form of carbonyl compounds (e.g. carbonyl fluoride (COF2 ... [more ▼]

The major sources of fluorine in the stratosphere are CFC-11 and CFC-12. During the decomposition process, fluorine is first present in the form of carbonyl compounds (e.g. carbonyl fluoride (COF2)). Given its long life time, COF2 is the second most abundant stratospheric fluorine reservoir. Earliest, COF2 vertical distributions were derived from occultation measurements performed by the ATMOS instrument during the SPACELAB-3 Space Shuttle mission in 1985. The Canadian FTIR spectrometer ACE-FTS, onboard the SCISAT-1 satellite, is the first instrument since the last ATMOS flight in 1994, to record COF2 vertical profiles from space. Four years of ACE-FTS occultation measurements are presently available. Several COF2 IR absorption lines located either in the so-called InSb (1-5 µm) and MCT (2-16 µm) spectral ranges can be used to determine its total column from ground-based high-resolution FTIR observations. In addition, we have proposed, during the EGU General Assembly 2007, an original retrieval procedure that allows us to derive information on the COF2 vertical distribution, between 17 and 30 km, from ground-based FTIR spectra recorded at Jungfraujoch. This “multi-microwindows multi-spectra” approach, using the SFIT-2 v3.91 algorithm, has been completely characterized in terms of fitting strategy and information content. Some examples of COF2 vertical profiles inversions were also presented. This year, we will complete the characterization of the multi-microwindows multi-spectra fitting procedure by exposing the full error budget affecting our COF2 partial and total columns products. Also, comparisons with COF2 model runs generated by the 3D CTM KASIMA (KArlsruhe SImulation model of the Middle Atmosphere) will be presented and critically discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailObservations of long-lived anthropogenic halocarbons at the high-Alpine site of Jungfraujoch (Switzerland) for assessment of trends and European sources
Reimann, Stefan; Vollmer, M. K.; Folini, Doris et al

in Science of the Total Environment (2008), 391

Anthropogenic halocarbons, such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), bromocarbons (halons) and long-lived chlorinated solvents have been measured ... [more ▼]

Anthropogenic halocarbons, such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), bromocarbons (halons) and long-lived chlorinated solvents have been measured continuously at the high-Alpine site of Jungfraujoch (Switzerland) since January 2000. Chloro- and bromo-containing halocarbons are responsible for the stratospheric ozone depletion and will be globally banned from usage within the next years. With the exception of the stable CFC-12 (CF2Cl2), all major CFCs and chlorinated solvents show a negative trend in recent years in their background concentrations at Jungfraujoch. HCFCs, as their first-generation substitute, are still increasing with a few percent per year. However, the frequency and the strength of HCFCs pollution events, which are caused by regional European emissions, are already declining. This can be seen as a sign of the impending ban of these gases within the next years in Europe. On the other hand, HFCs as the second-generation substitutes, are increasing with relative rates of at least 10% per year (e.g. almost 5 ppt per year for HFC-134a). An allocation of European sources was attempted by combining measured concentrations with trajectories of air masses reaching the Jungfraujoch during pollution events. Potential source regions could be detected in Italy, France, Spain and Germany. [less ▲]

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See detailOur Changing Atmosphere: Evidence Based on Long-Term Infrared Solar Observations at the Jungfraujoch since 1950
Zander, Rodolphe ULg; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Demoulin, Philippe ULg et al

in Science of the Total Environment (2008), 391(2-3), 184-95

The Institute of Astrophysics of the University of Liege has been present at the High Altitude Research Station Jungfraujoch, Switzerland, since the late 1940s, to perform spectrometric solar observations ... [more ▼]

The Institute of Astrophysics of the University of Liege has been present at the High Altitude Research Station Jungfraujoch, Switzerland, since the late 1940s, to perform spectrometric solar observations under dry and weakly polluted high-mountain conditions. Several solar atlases of photometric quality, extending altogether from the near-ultra-violet to the middle-infrared, were produced between 1956 and 1994, first with grating spectrometers then with Fourier transform instruments. During the early 1970s, scientific concerns emerged about atmospheric composition changes likely to set in as a consequence of the growing usage of nitrogen-containing agricultural fertilisers and the industrial production of chlorine-bearing compounds such as the chlorofluorocarbons and hydro-chlorofluorocarbons. Resulting releases to the atmosphere with ensuing photolysis in the stratosphere and catalytic depletion of the protective ozone layer prompted a worldwide consortium of chemical manufacturing companies to solicit the Liege group to help in clarifying these concerns by undertaking specific observations with its existing Jungfraujoch instrumentation. The following pages evoke the main steps that led from quasi full sun-oriented studies to priority investigations of the Earth's atmosphere, in support of both the Montreal and the Kyoto Protocols. [less ▲]

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See detailH2O retrievals from Jungfraujoch infrared spectra: some spectroscopic problems.
Demoulin, Philippe ULg; Trabelsi, Samy; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 8th Atmospheric Spectroscopy Applications Meeting (2008)

Since 1949, solar absorption spectra have been acquired at the Jungfraujoch observatory (Swiss Alps, 46.5°N, 8.0°E, 3580 m a.s.l.), first with grating spectrometers, then with Fourier transform infrared ... [more ▼]

Since 1949, solar absorption spectra have been acquired at the Jungfraujoch observatory (Swiss Alps, 46.5°N, 8.0°E, 3580 m a.s.l.), first with grating spectrometers, then with Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometers. Most observations collected with these instruments encompass water vapor absorptions, even the narrow spectral domains regularly recorded with the grating instruments to monitor the evolution of important atmospheric constituents. The aim of this work is to analyze all available spectra containing usable H2O absorption lines, to derive a long-term record of its total column in the atmosphere above the Jungfraujoch. In addition, more recent FTIR broadband spectra, with better signal-to-noise ratio and resolution, will be analyzed with state of the art algorithm, in order to derive information on the vertical distribution of H2O. [less ▲]

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See detailGround-based CO observations at the Jungfraujoch: Comparison between FTIR and NDIR measurements
Dils, Bart; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Demoulin, Philippe ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2008), 10

Measurements of CO have been performed at the Swiss Alpine Jungfraujoch station (46.5º N, 8.0° E, 3580m a.s.l.) on a regular basis since the mid-1980’s, using Fourier Transform Infrared solar absorption ... [more ▼]

Measurements of CO have been performed at the Swiss Alpine Jungfraujoch station (46.5º N, 8.0° E, 3580m a.s.l.) on a regular basis since the mid-1980’s, using Fourier Transform Infrared solar absorption spectrometry (FTIR), and since 1996 using an in situ Nondispersive Infrared technique (NDIR). While the in situ measurements detect local CO concentrations at the site, the FTIR technique provides integrated measurements along the line-of-sight. Nevertheless, the pressure broadening of the spectral absorption lines recorded at high resolution enables retrieving information on the vertical distribution of CO, mainly in the troposphere, including its concentration near the surface. Considering the inherent capabilities of the two independent measurement techniques, substantial differences between both data sets for surface level CO could potentially arise. Here we present a comparison of both data sets for the 1997 -2004 time period. Both data sets have been analysed by using successive Kolmogorov-Zurbenko filters. It appears that the long-term trend over the given time period is significantly different for both datasets. Possible causes for this difference will be critically discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailRetrievals of C2H2 from high-resolution FTIR solar spectra recorded at the Jungfraujoch station (46.5ºN) and comparison with ACE-FTS observations
Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Duchatelet, Pierre ULg; Bernath, P. F. et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2008), 10

Acetylene (C2H2) is among the nonmethane hydrocarbons (NMHCs) accessible to infrared remote sensing technique. As a product of combustion and biomass burning, it is emitted at the Earth’s surface and ... [more ▼]

Acetylene (C2H2) is among the nonmethane hydrocarbons (NMHCs) accessible to infrared remote sensing technique. As a product of combustion and biomass burning, it is emitted at the Earth’s surface and further transported and mixed into the troposphere. Destruction by OH is the main removal process. The average tropospheric lifetime of C2H2 is estimated at about 1 month on the global scale; at mid-latitudes, it varies between 20 days in summer to 160 days in winter. This compound is appropriate to study tropospheric pollution and transport, and is often used in conjunction with other tracers of fires. C2H2 presents exploitable infrared absorption features near 3 and 15 μm, where weak isolated lines of the nu5 and the nu2 + nu4 + nu5 bands are found, respectively. Several of these lines can be used to retrieve abundances of C2H2 from high-resolution groundbased infrared solar spectra. Typical observations recorded at the Jungfraujoch station (46.5ºN, 8.0ºE, 3580m asl, Swiss Alps) by the NDACC (Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change)-affiliated Bruker instrument have been fitted with the OEM-SFIT-2 (v3.91) algorithm. Various approaches and combination of lines have been tested, seeking for the optimum inversion strategy. The HITRAN-2004 spectroscopic line parameters including the August 2006 updates for water vapor have been adopted in the retrievals. These approaches will be presented and critically compared, with the help of error budget and information content analyses, taking into account the impact of major interferences such as water vapor. The time series of C2H2 tropospheric column abundances above Jungfraujoch will also be presented, including determination of its long-term trend and strong seasonal cycle. The ground-based results will further be compared with zonal mean observations performed by the ACE-FTS space-based instrument since early 2004. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of different spectroscopic datasets on CH4 retrievals from Jungfraujoch FTIR spectra
Duchatelet, Pierre ULg; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Demoulin, Philippe ULg et al

(2008)

Due to its high warming potential and its relatively long chemical lifetime (~9 years), atmospheric methane (CH4) plays a major role in the radiative forcing responsible of the greenhouse effect. Methane ... [more ▼]

Due to its high warming potential and its relatively long chemical lifetime (~9 years), atmospheric methane (CH4) plays a major role in the radiative forcing responsible of the greenhouse effect. Methane also affects climate by influencing tropospheric ozone and stratospheric water. High quality methane data sets are needed to understand its cycle and evaluate its budget of sources and sinks. Methane vertical distribution as well as total and partial column time series can be retrieved from high-resolution ground-based FTIR spectra, using, e.g., the SFIT-2 algorithm which implements the Optimal Estimation Method of Rodgers . However, although several retrieval approaches characterized by relatively high information content exist, methane retrieved profiles very often present large oscillations in their tropospheric range, which might result partly from inappropriate or inconsistent parameters. Significant improvements on retrieval quality should therefore be reached by using more accurate or compatible CH4 spectroscopic data. The main purpose of this contribution is to test and compare three different sets of CH4 spectroscopic parameters and to quantify their impact on CH4 retrieved products as well as on the fitting quality. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectroscopic detection of COClF in the tropical and mid-latitude lower stratosphere
Rinsland, Curtis P.; Nassar, Ray; Boone, Christopher D. et al

in Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer (2007), 105(3), 467-475

We report retrievals of COClF (carbonyl chlorofluoride) based on atmospheric chemistry experiment (ACE) solar occultation spectra recorded at tropical and mid-latitudes during 2004-2005. The COClF ... [more ▼]

We report retrievals of COClF (carbonyl chlorofluoride) based on atmospheric chemistry experiment (ACE) solar occultation spectra recorded at tropical and mid-latitudes during 2004-2005. The COClF molecule is a temporary reservoir of both chlorine and fluorine and has not been measured previously by remote sensing. A maximum COClF mixing ratio of 99.7 +/- 48.0 pptv (10(-12) per unit volume, 1 sigma) is measured at 28 km for tropical and subtropical occultations (latitudes below 20 degrees in both hemispheres) with lower mixing ratios at both higher and lower altitudes. Northern hemisphere mid-latitude mixing ratios (30-50 degrees N) resulted in an average profile with a peak mixing ratio of 51.7 +/- 132.1 pptv, 1 sigma, at 27 km, also decreasing above and below that altitude. We compare the measured average profiles with the one reported set of in situ lower stratospheric mid-latitude measurements from 1986 and 1987, a previous two-dimensional (2-D) model calculation for 1987 and 1993, and a 2-D-model prediction for 2004. The measured average tropical profile is in close agreement with the model prediction; the northern mid-latitude profile is also consistent, although the peak in the measured profile occurs at a higher altitude (2.5-4.5 km offset) than in the model prediction. Seasonal average 2-D-model predictions of the COClF stratospheric distribution for 2004 are also reported. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailRecent evolution of stratospheric inorganic chlorine (Cly) inferred from long-term ground-based FTIR observations of HCl and ClONO2
Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Duchatelet, Pierre ULg; Zander, Rodolphe ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2007, May 02), 9

Over the past decades, the increase of the stratospheric inorganic chlorine (Cly) loading has been the major cause for the ozone layer depletion, a matter of particular concern because of its ... [more ▼]

Over the past decades, the increase of the stratospheric inorganic chlorine (Cly) loading has been the major cause for the ozone layer depletion, a matter of particular concern because of its anthropogenic nature. Fortunately, appropriate decisions have been defined and put into force at the international level, leading to regulations adopted within the frame of the Montreal Protocol and its Amendments and Adjustments, and aiming at the suppression of all chlorine-bearing source gas emissions. Since its formalization, the NDSC (Network for Detection of Stratospheric Change, recently renamed NDACC, Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change) has given high priority to the monitoring of Cly based on solar observations with Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometers operated at the ground. Within this context, high-resolution solar absorption spectra recorded at Northern and Southern mid-latitudes have been analyzed to retrieve total vertical column abundances of the two main inorganic chlorine species, i.e. HCl and ClONO2. At these latitudes and in the absence of chlorine activation, these two reservoirs account for more than 92% of the total Cly loading. In this contribution, column abundance time series of HCl and ClONO2 for both the Jungfraujoch (46.5°N) and Lauder (45°S) NDACC primary stations will be presented. Comparison of these measurements with the 3-D CTM KASIMA model predictions will be shown and discussed critically, with some focus on the time period following the peak loading. Related trends will be determined and compared to expectations deduced from the most recent emission scenarios. [less ▲]

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See detailRetrievals of HCN from high-resolution FTIR solar spectra recorded at the Jungfraujoch station
Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Duchatelet, Pierre ULg; Demoulin, Philippe ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2007, April)

Recent investigations have resulted in the revision of the lifetime of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) from 2.5 years to 2-5 months, more in line with its important and well documented variability in the ... [more ▼]

Recent investigations have resulted in the revision of the lifetime of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) from 2.5 years to 2-5 months, more in line with its important and well documented variability in the troposphere. The main HCN source is believed to be biomass burning, making this species a useful tracer of fires, e.g. the widespread and intense 2004 boreal fires. Oxidation by the OH radical is among the identified sinks, while uptake by oceans has been hypothesized as the dominant sink. As shown by previous investigations, several lines from the nu3 fundamental HCN band at 3 μm can be used to retrieve information on vertical distribution of hydrogen cyanide from high-resolution FTIR solar absorption spectra. The major interfering gas in this region is water vapor. A series of typical observations recorded at the Jungfraujoch station (46.5ºN, 8.0ºE, 3580m asl, Swiss Alps) by the NDACC (Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change)-affiliated Bruker instrument have been fitted using various approaches to determine the optimum strategy to be used for HCN retrievals at that site, even under very wet conditions. The selected approach is made of 7 windows encompassing 5 HCN lines. The a priori information (HCN vertical distribution and covariance matrix) is based on ACE-FTS measurements performed over northern midlatitudes. The HITRAN-2004 spectroscopic line parameters including the August 2006 updates for water vapor have been adopted in the retrievals performed with the OEM-SFIT-2 (v3.91) algorithm. This contribution will give a full description of the adopted retrieval approach, including error budget and information content analysis. Tropospheric column time series of HCN from 1994 onwards will also be presented and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasured and modelled trends of stratopsheric Cly and Fy column amounts in the northern hemisphere
Ruhnke, Roland; Blumenstock, Thomas; Duchatelet, Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2007, April)

Reactive inorganic chlorine plays a crucial role in the stratospheric ozone depletion. To stabilize and enable a recovering of the stratospheric ozone layer, the Montreal protocol and its amendments and ... [more ▼]

Reactive inorganic chlorine plays a crucial role in the stratospheric ozone depletion. To stabilize and enable a recovering of the stratospheric ozone layer, the Montreal protocol and its amendments and adjustments have been progressively implemented to reduce or even stop the production and emission of important chlorinated source gases (CFCs, HCFCs, CCl4, CH3CCl3, and Halons). As these source gases are photolysed in the stratosphere into inorganic chlorine and fluorine, respectively, the turn over of the inorganic chlorine (HCl and ClONO2) and slowing down of fluorine (HF and COF2) reservoirs act as a verification of the effectiveness of these protocols. Here we present results of long-term measurements of the stratospheric column of HCl, ClONO2, and HF obtained at different stations in the northern hemisphere (Ny Alesund, Kiruna, Zugspitze, Jungfraujoch, Izana, all affiliated to the NDACC, Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change) within the PEP (Pole- Equator-Pole) network. These time series are interpreted with model calculations performed with a state of the art 2-D model and the 3-D CTM KASIMA with respect to the determination of the slowing down or turn over, respectively. In addition, trend parameters calculated using different approaches (e.g. linear trend, bootstrap-method) will be presented and intercompared. [less ▲]

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See detailApproaches for retrieving abundances of methane isotopologues in the frame of the AGACC project from ground-based FTIR observations performed at the Jungfraujoch
Duchatelet, Pierre ULg; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Demoulin, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2007, April)

This work has been performed within the frame of AGACC(http://www.oma.be/AGACC/Home.html), a contribution to the Belgian Scientific Support for a Sustainable Development. The project intends to make an ... [more ▼]

This work has been performed within the frame of AGACC(http://www.oma.be/AGACC/Home.html), a contribution to the Belgian Scientific Support for a Sustainable Development. The project intends to make an advanced exploitation of existing ground-based remote-sensing measurements for a selection of atmospheric species that play an important role in the chemistry of the atmosphere and that have a direct or indirect impact on climate. Target species include -among others- lower tropospheric aerosols, H2O, HDO, CH4, HCN and CO. The instrumentation includes 3 types of spectrometers (FTIR, MAXDOAS and Brewer) and one CIMEL sun photometer. These instruments are operated at 3 different sites (Jungfraujoch, Ile de la Réunion and Uccle) and most of them are affiliated with the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC, formerly NDSC - http://www.ndacc.org), a group dedicated to performing high-quality long-term observations. This contribution will deal with the detection of the isotopologues of methane, a species released to the atmosphere by natural processes (e.g. wetlands, termites) as well as by anthropogenic activities (e.g. fossil fuel exploitation, rice agriculture, biomass burning, etc). Due to its high warming potential and its relatively long chemical lifetime, atmospheric methane is a major greenhouse gas. Methane also affects climate by influencing tropospheric ozone and stratospheric water. The cycle of methane is complex and a thoroughly study of the sources and sinks of its main isotopologue, as well as the other isotopic species, is necessary to characterize it. Isotopic ratios are also useful to differentiate between various sources of atmospheric methane. To study the vertical distribution of methane isotopologues from the high resolution FTIR spectra recorded by the University of Liège instrument at the International Scientific Station of the Jungfraujoch (ISSJ; 46.5°N, 8.0°E, 3580m a.s.l., Swiss Alps), we have selected several 13CH4 lines distributed in the so-called InSb (1-5 µm) and MCT (2-16 µm) spectral ranges. A set of four microwindows has also been selected for the study of CH3D. Using the SFIT-2 v3.91 algorithm, vertical column abundances as well as low-resolution vertical distributions have been retrieved, adjusted from an a priori profile defined on a 41 layers scheme and derived from ACE-FTS space observations. The information content and first preliminary retrieval results will be presented. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of COF2 vertical distributions above Jungfraujoch by FTIR and multi-spectra fitting
Duchatelet, Pierre ULg; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Demoulin, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2007, April)

The major sources of fluorine in the stratosphere are CFC-11 and CFC-12. Photolysis of these compounds leads to release of chlorine atoms, while the fluorine is, in a first step, present in the form of ... [more ▼]

The major sources of fluorine in the stratosphere are CFC-11 and CFC-12. Photolysis of these compounds leads to release of chlorine atoms, while the fluorine is, in a first step, present in the form of carbonyl compounds like COClF and COF2. Their further photolysis liberates fluorine atoms, which are quickly converted to HF. Given its long life time, COF2 is the second stratospheric fluorine reservoir. The first COF2 vertical distributions were derived from occultation measurements performed by the ATMOS instrument during the SPACELAB-3 Space Shuttle mission in 1985. The Canadian FTIR spectrometer ACE-FTS, onboard the SCISAT-1 satellite, is the first instrument since the last ATMOS flight in 1994, to record COF2 vertical profiles from space. All these observations show that, at mean latitudes, COF2 concentration is maximum between 30 and 35 km. Several COF2 IR absorption lines located either in the so-called InSb (1-5 µm) and MCT (2-16 µm) spectral ranges can be used to determine its total column from ground-based FTIR observations. In this context, several studies concerning the evolution of COF2 total column above various stations were published during the nineties. At this time, no study concerning the inversion of COF2 vertical distributions from ground-based FTIR spectra has been published. This report deals with the feasibility of such inversions, using, simultaneously, via the SFIT-2 v3.91 algorithm, a multi-microwindows and a multi-spectra fitting procedure. The multi-spectra method consists of combining several FTIR observations, recorded during the same day, to increase the information content. A selection of microwindows in InSb and MCT ranges, a complete discussion about the data characterization (e.g. information content) and typical examples of COF2 retrieved profiles from high resolution solar spectra recorded with the University of Liège Jungfraujoch FTS will be revealed. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-lived organic compounds (Chapter 1)
Clerbaux, C.; Cunnold, D. M.; Anderson, J. et al

in Nohende Ajavon, Ayité-Lô; Albritton, Daniel L.; Watson, Robert T. (Eds.) Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2006 (2007)

This assessment report is a summary of the scientific community's current understanding of the stratospheric ozone layer and its relation to humankind.

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See detailLong-term trends of tropospheric carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide from analysis of high resolution infrared solar spectra
Rinsland, Curtis P.; Goldman, Aaron; Hannigan, James W. et al

in Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer (2007), 104(1), 40-51

Long-term trend and seasonal variation of the mean free tropospheric volume mixing ratios of carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen cyanide (HCN) have been derived from analysis of a time series of solar ... [more ▼]

Long-term trend and seasonal variation of the mean free tropospheric volume mixing ratios of carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen cyanide (HCN) have been derived from analysis of a time series of solar absorption spectra recorded from the US National Solar Observatory on Kitt Peak (31.9 degrees N, 111.6 degrees W, 2.09 km altitude) spanning almost three decades. The results of a fit to the CO 258 daily averages from May 1977 to April 2005 as a function of time with a model that assumes a sinusoidal seasonal cycle and a linear long-term trend with time yield a mean volume mixing ratio of 102 +/- 3) parts per billion (10(-9) per unit volume) below 10km altitude, I sigma. The CO measurements show a seasonal cycle with a maximum in March and a minimum in September with an amplitude of (22.3 +/- 1.5)% relative to the mean. The best-fit corresponds to a long-term CO trend of (0.15 +/- 0.14)% yr(-1), 1 sigma, relative to the mean. To quantify the possible impact of periods of intense fires, the CO measurements have been compared with the measurements of HCN, a well-documented emission product of biomass burning with a lifetime of similar to 5 months. The best fit to the full HCN time series of 208 daily averages from May 1978 to April 2005 results in a mean volume mixing ratio of (0.219 +/- 0.007) ppbv below 10 km altitude with a similar seasonal cycle, though with a lower relative amplitude than for CO. Although same-day enhancements up to a factor of 1.87 for HCN and 1.24 for CO were measured relative to values predicted by a fit to the time series that accounts for the seasonal cycles and trends of both molecules, excluding time periods of elevated fire emissions has no significant impact on the best-fit long-term free tropospheric CO and HCN trends. Our result of no long-term CO trend since the late 1970s suggests that the global average long-term decline reported from 1990 through 1995 measurements has not continued in the free troposphere. Similarly, a fit to the full time series of 208 HCN free tropospheric daily averages with the same model yields an average 2.09-10km mixing ratio of 0.219ppbv and a long-term trend of (-0.12 +/- 0.14) % yr(-1), 1 sigma, relative to the mean since 1978, also indicating no significant long-term trend above the lower mid-latitude continental US Kitt Peak station. The results for both molecules suggest the site was not significantly impacted by summer boreal fires during the time span of the measurements that in some years cause widespread pollution above northern higher latitude sites. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailComparisons between ground-based FTIR and MIPAS N2O and HNO3 profiles before and after assimilation in BASCOE
Vigouroux, Corinne; De Mazière, Martine; Errera, Quentin et al

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (2007), 7

Within the framework of the Network for Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC), regular ground-based Fourier transform infrared ( FTIR) measurements of many species are performed at several ... [more ▼]

Within the framework of the Network for Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC), regular ground-based Fourier transform infrared ( FTIR) measurements of many species are performed at several locations. Inversion schemes provide vertical profile information and characterization of the retrieved products which are therefore relevant for contributing to the validation of MIPAS profiles in the stratosphere and upper troposphere. We have focused on the species HNO3 and N2O at 5 NDACC-sites distributed in both hemispheres, i.e., Jungfraujoch (46.5 degrees N) and Kiruna (68 degrees N) for the northern hemisphere, and Wollongong (34 degrees S), Lauder (45 degrees S) and Arrival Heights (78 degrees S) for the southern hemisphere. These ground-based data have been compared with MIPAS offline profiles (v4.61) for the year 2003, collocated within 1000 km around the stations, in the lower to middle stratosphere. To get around the spatial collocation problem, comparisons have also been made between the same ground-based FTIR data and the corresponding profiles resulting from the stratospheric 4D-VAR data assimilation system BASCOE constrained by MIPAS data. This paper discusses the results of the comparisons and the usefullness of using BASCOE profiles as proxies for MIPAS data. It shows good agreement between MIPAS and FTIR N2O partial columns: the biases are below 5% for all the stations and the standard deviations are below 7% for the three mid-latitude stations, and below 10% for the high latitude ones. The comparisons with BASCOE partial columns give standard deviations below 4% for the mid-latitude stations to less than 8% for the high latitude ones. After making some corrections to take into account the known bias due to the use of different spectroscopic parameters, the comparisons of HNO3 partial columns show biases below 3% and standard deviations below 15% for all the stations except Arrival Heights ( bias of 5%, standard deviation of 21%). The results for this species, which has a larger spatial variability, highlight the necessity of defining appropriate collocation criteria and of accounting for the spread of the observed air-masses. BASCOE appears to have more deficiencies in producing proxies of MIPAS HNO3 profiles compared to N2O, but the obtained standard deviation of less than 10% between BASCOE and FTIR is reasonable. Similar results on profiles comparisons are also shown in the paper, in addition to partial column ones. [less ▲]

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