Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 9, 9313-9366, 2009
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Performance of the line-by-line radiative transfer model (LBLRTM) for temperature and species retrievals: IASI case studies from JAIVEx
M. W. Shephard1, S. A. Clough2, V. H. Payne1, W. L. Smith3,4, S. Kireev5, and K. E. Cady-Pereira1
1Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc., Lexington, Massachusetts, USA
2Clough Radiation Associates, LLC., Lexington, Massachusetts, USA
3Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia,USA
4University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
5Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia, USA

Abstract. Presented here are comparisons between the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding instrument (IASI) and the "Line-By- Line Radiative Transfer Model" (LBLRTM). Spectral residuals from radiance closure studies during the IASI JAIVEx validation campaign provide insight into a number of spectroscopy issues relevant to remote sounding of temperature, water vapor and trace gases from IASI. In order to perform quality IASI trace gas retrievals the temperature and water vapor fields must be retrieved as accurately as possible. In general, the residuals in the CO2 ν2 region are of the order of the IASI instrument noise. However, outstanding issues in the CO2 spectral regions remain. There is a large residual ~−1.5 K in the 667 cm−1 Q-branch, and residuals in the CO2 ν2 and N2O/CO2 ν3 spectral regions that sample the troposphere are inconsistent, with the N2O/CO2 ν3 region being too negative (warmer) by ~0.6 K. Residuals on this lower wavenumber side of the CO2 ν3 band will be improved by line parameter updates, while future efforts to reduce the residuals reaching ~−0.5 K on the higher wavenumber side of the CO2 ν3 band will focus on addressing limitations in the modeling of the CO2 line shape (line coupling and duration of collision) effects. Brightness temperature residuals from the radiance closure studies in the ν2 water vapor band have standard deviations of ~0.2–0.3 K with some large peak residuals reaching ±0.5–1.0 K. These are larger than the instrument noise indicating that systematic errors still remain. New H2O line intensities and positions from Coudert have a significant impact on the retrieved water vapor, particularly in the upper troposphere where the water vapor retrievals are 10% drier when using line intensities from Coudert compared with HITRAN2004. In addition to O3, CH4, and CO, the high radiometric calibration of the IASI instrument combined with an accurate forward model allows for the detection of minor species with weak atmospheric signatures in the nadir radiances, such as HNO3 and OCS.

Citation: Shephard, M. W., Clough, S. A., Payne, V. H., Smith, W. L., Kireev, S., and Cady-Pereira, K. E.: Performance of the line-by-line radiative transfer model (LBLRTM) for temperature and species retrievals: IASI case studies from JAIVEx, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 9, 9313-9366, doi:10.5194/acpd-9-9313-2009, 2009.
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