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Nitric oxide (NO) data set (60--160 km) from SCIAMACHY mesosphere--lower thermosphere limb scans

Bender, Stefan; Sinnhuber, Miriam ORCID iD icon; Burrows, John P.; Langowski, Martin

Abstract (englisch):

Contains the nitric oxide (NO) number densities (in cm-3) from 60 km to 160 km retrieved from SCIAMACHY mesosphere--lower thermosphere (MLT, 50--150 km) limb scans.

SCIAMACHY is a UV-visible-near-infrared spectrometer which flies on ESA's Envisat and was operational from 08/2002 to 04/2012 (see Burrows et al., 1995 and Bovensmann et al., 1999 and references therein). The Mesosphere--Lower Thermosphere (MLT) measurement mode was carried out from 07/2008 until the end of the mission for one day every 15 days. This data set comprises 84 days of SCIAMACHY MLT NO measurements, each
containing about 15 orbits.

The NO retrieval was carried out at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany, and is described in Bender et al., 2013. We used the SCIAMACHY geo-located atmospheric spectra (SCI_NL__1P) version 8.02 provided by ESA via their data browser at
The spectra were calibrated with ESA's `SciaL1C` command line tool available for download at

The SCIAMACHY NO data were compared to the results from ACE-FTS, MIPAS, and SMR in Bender et al., 2015, showing that all agree within the respective measurement uncertainties.
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DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.581253
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Spurenstoffe und Fernerkundung (IMK-ASF)
KIT-Zentrum Klima und Umwelt (ZKU)
Publikationstyp Forschungsdaten
Publikationsdatum 07.07.2017
Identifikator KITopen-ID: 1000090483
HGF-Programm 12.04.03 (POF II, LK 01) Chem.Budgets u.Chemie-Klima-Wechselw.

Please also cite Bender et al., 2013 when using this data set.
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