1Spectroscopie de l'Atmosphère, Service de Chimie Quantique et de Photophysique, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
2UPMC Université Paris 06, CNRS UMR8190, LAT-MOS/IPSL, Paris, France
*now at: Laboratoire d'Optique Atmosphérique, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, 59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq cedex, France
**They are Research Associate and Scientific Research Worker with the F.N.R.S, Belgium
Abstract. In this paper we analyze distributions of water vapour isotopologues in the troposphere using infrared spectra recorded by the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI), which operates onboard the Metop satellite in nadir geometry. The simultaneous uncorrelated retrieval of H216O and HDO was performed on radiance measurements using a line-by-line radiative transfer model and an inversion procedure based on the Optimal Estimation Method (OEM). The characterizations of the retrieved products in terms of vertical sensitivity and error budgets show that IASI measurements contain up to 6 independent pieces of information on the vertical distribution of H216O and up to 3.5 for HDO from the surface up to the upper troposphere (0–20 km). The H216O retrieved profiles are in good agreement with local sonde measurements at different latitudes during different times of the year. Our results demonstrate the ability of the IASI instrument to monitor atmospheric isotopologic water vapour distributions with unprecedented sensitivity. As a case study, we analyse concentration distributions and spatio-temporal variations of H216O and HDO during the October 2007 Krosa super-typhoon over South-East Asia and show with this example the IASI potential to capture variations in the HDO/H216O isotopologic ratio values over space and time.