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Validation and data characteristics of methane and nitrous oxide profiles observed by MIPAS and processed with Version 4.61 algorithm
S. Payan1, C. Camy-Peyret1, H. Oelhaf2, G. Wetzel2, G. Maucher2, C. Keim2, M. Pirre3, N. Huret3, A. Engel4, M. C. Volk4, H. Kuellmann5, J. Kuttippurath5,*, U. Cortesi6, G. Bianchini6, F. Mencaraglia6, P. Raspollini6, G. Redaelli7, C. Vigouroux8, M. De Mazière8, S. Mikuteit2, T. Blumenstock2, V. Velazco5, J. Notholt5, M. Mahieu9, P. Duchatelet9, D. Smale10, S. Wood10, N. Jones11, C. Piccolo12, V. Payne13, A. Bracher5, N. Glatthor2, G. Stiller2, K. Grunow14, P. Jeseck1, Y. Te1, K. Pfeilsticker15, and A. Butz15
1Laboratoire de Physique Moléculaire pour l'Atmosphère et l'Astrophysique, Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6, Paris, France
2Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
3Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l'Environnement/CNRS, Orléans, France
4Institut für Atmosphäre und Umwelt, J.W. Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
5Institute of Environmental Physics/Institute of Remote Sensing, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany
6Istituto di Fisica Applicata "Nello Carrara", Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
7Università di L’Aquila, Dipartimento di Fisica, L’Aquila, Italy
8Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, Brussels, Belgium
9Institut d’Astrophysique et de Géophysique, University of Liège (ULg), Liège, Belgium
10National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Lauder, Otago, New-Zeland
11University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia
12Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics, Dept. of Physics, Oxford Univ., Oxford, UK
13Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc, Lexington, Massachusetts
14Meteorologisches Institut der FU Berlin, Berlin, Germany
15Institut für Umweltphysik, University of Heidelberg, Germany
*now at: Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France

Abstract. The ENVISAT validation programme for the atmospheric instruments MIPAS, SCIAMACHY and GOMOS is based on a number of balloon-bone, aircraft and ground-based correlative measurements. In particular the activities of validation scientists were coordinated by ESA within the ENVISAT Stratospheric Aircraft and Balloon Campaign of ESABC. As part of a series of similar papers on other species [this issue] and in parallel to the contribution of the individual validation teams, the present paper provides a synthesis of comparisons performed between MIPAS CH4 and N2O profiles produced by the current ESA operational software (Instrument Processing Facility version 4.61 or IPF v4.61) and correlative measurements obtained from balloon and aircraft experiments as well as from satellite sensors or from ground-based instruments. The MIPAS-E CH4 values show a positive bias in the lower stratosphere of about 10%. In case of N2O no systematic deviation with respect to the validation experiments could be identified. The individual used MIPAS data version 4.61 still exhibits some unphysical oscillations in individual CH4 and N2O profiles caused by the processing algorithm (with almost no regularization). Taking these problems into account, the MIPAS CH4 and N2O profiles are behaving as expected from the internal error estimation of IPF v4.61.

Citation: Payan, S., Camy-Peyret, C., Oelhaf, H., Wetzel, G., Maucher, G., Keim, C., Pirre, M., Huret, N., Engel, A., Volk, M. C., Kuellmann, H., Kuttippurath, J., Cortesi, U., Bianchini, G., Mencaraglia, F., Raspollini, P., Redaelli, G., Vigouroux, C., De Mazière, M., Mikuteit, S., Blumenstock, T., Velazco, V., Notholt, J., Mahieu, M., Duchatelet, P., Smale, D., Wood, S., Jones, N., Piccolo, C., Payne, V., Bracher, A., Glatthor, N., Stiller, G., Grunow, K., Jeseck, P., Te, Y., Pfeilsticker, K., and Butz, A.: Validation and data characteristics of methane and nitrous oxide profiles observed by MIPAS and processed with Version 4.61 algorithm, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 7, 18043-18111, doi:10.5194/acpd-7-18043-2007, 2007.
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