Development of algorithms for the exploitation of MIPAS Special Modes
The Michelson Interferometer for
Passive Atmospheric Sounding (MIPAS) is an high resolution Fourier
Transform Spectrometer developed by ESA for the detection of limb emission
spectra in the upper atmosphere. It is a powerful tool to measure vertical
profiles of trace species on a global scale. MIPAS has been successfully
launched on board Envisat-1, on 1st March 2002.
For about the 80% of its measuring time MIPAS operates in the “nominal”
observation mode that is rear viewing along the track of the orbit with
limb-scanning sequences spanning from 6 km to 68 km in tangent altitude.
For the remaining 20% of measuring time MIPAS operates in the so called
“special modes”, that are designed for the study of specific geographic
regions (such as polar regions in winter time) or special events (such as
ESA provides level-2 data only for the nominal observation mode, while for
the special modes only level-1 data (that is calibrated spectra) are
provided to the end users.
The aim of this ESA supported study is the development of a prototype
software system for the exploitation of MIPAS special mode measurements.
A guideline of this study is to avoid as much as possible the refinement or
re-adaptation of existing algorithms and instead to overcome their main
limits by introducing new solutions that will represent an advancement with
respect to the existing (and commonly adopted) analysis systems.
This study is lead by the Dipartimento di Chimica Fisica ed Inorganica
of the University of Bologna.
Geophysical validation tests