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Long-term column-averaged greenhouse gas observations using a COCCON spectrometer at the high-surface-albedo site in Gobabeb, Namibia

Frey, Matthias M. 1; Hase, Frank 1; Blumenstock, Thomas ORCID iD icon 1; Dubravica, Darko 1; Groß, Jochen 1; Göttsche, Frank ORCID iD icon 1; Handjaba, Martin; Amadhila, Petrus; Mushi, Roland; Morino, Isamu; Shiomi, Kei; Sha, Mahesh Kumar; Mazière, Martine de; Pollard, David F.
1 Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Spurenstoffe und Fernerkundung (IMK-ASF), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


In this study, we present column-averaged dry-air mole fractions of CO2 (XCO2), CH4 (XCH4) and CO (XCO) from a recently established measurement site in Gobabeb, Namibia. Gobabeb is a hyperarid desert site at the sharp transition zone between the sand desert and the gravel plains, offering unique characteristics with respect to surface albedo properties. Measurements started in January 2015 and are performed utilizing a ground-based Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) EM27/SUN spectrometer of the COllaborative Carbon Column Observing Network (COCCON). Gobabeb is the first measurement site observing XCO2 and XCH4 on the African mainland and improves the global coverage of ground-based remote-sensing sites. In order to achieve the high level of precision and accuracy necessary for meaningful greenhouse gas observations, we performed calibration measurements for 8 d between November 2015 and March 2016 with the COCCON reference EM27/SUN spectrometer operated at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. We derived scaling factors for XCO2, XCH4 and XCO with respect to the reference instrument that are close to 1.0. We compare the results obtained in Gobabeb to measurements from the Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON) sites at Réunion Island and Lauder. ... mehr

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000137370
Veröffentlicht am 15.09.2021
DOI: 10.5194/amt-14-5887-2021
Zitationen: 10
Zitationen: 12
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Spurenstoffe und Fernerkundung (IMK-ASF)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1867-8548
KITopen-ID: 1000137370
HGF-Programm 12.11.13 (POF IV, LK 01) Long-term trends of global atmospheric composition
Erschienen in Atmospheric measurement techniques
Verlag Copernicus Publications
Band 14
Heft 9
Seiten 5887–5911
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