Title: Inverse modeling of CH4 emissions for 2010 - 2011 using different satellite retrieval products from GOSAT and SCIAMACHY
Authors: ALEXE MIHAIBERGAMASCHI PeterSEGERS ArjoDETMERS RobBUTZ AndreHASEKAMP OttoGUERLET S.PARKER R.BOESCH H.FRANKENBERG ChristianSCHEEPMAKER RemcoDLUGOKENCKY EdwardSWEENEY ColmWOFSY Steven C.KORT Eric
Citation: ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS vol. 15 no. 1 p. 113-133
Publisher: COPERNICUS GESELLSCHAFT MBH
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC89269
ISSN: 1680-7316
URI: http://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/15/113/2015/acp-15-113-2015.html
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC89269
DOI: 10.5194/acp-15-113-2015
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Beginning in 2009 new space-borne observations of dry-air column-averaged mole fractions of atmospheric methane (XCH4) became available from the Thermal And Near infrared Sensor for carbon Observations - Fourier Transform Spectrometer (TANSO-FTS) instrument onboard the Greenhouse Gases Observing SATellite (GOSAT). Until April 2012 concurrent CH4 measurements were provided by the SCanning Imaging Absorption spectroMeter for Atmospheric CartograpHY (SCIAMACHY) instrument onboard ENVISAT. The GOSAT and SCIAMACHY XCH4 retrievals can be directly compared during their circa 32-month period of overlap. We estimate monthly average CH4 emissions between January 2010 and December 2011, using the TM5-4DVAR inverse modeling system. Additionally, high-accuracy measurements from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Earth System Research Laboratory (NOAA ESRL) global air sampling network are used, providing strong constraints of the remote surface atmosphere. We discuss five inversion scenarios that make use of different GOSAT and SCIAMACHY XCH4 retrieval products, including two sets of GOSAT proxy retrievals processed independently by the Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON) / Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and the University of Leicester (UL), and the RemoTeC "Full-Physics" (FP) XCH4 retrievals available from SRON/KIT. 2-year average emission maps show a good overall agreement among all GOSAT-based inversions, but also compared to the SCIAMACHY-based inversion, with consistent flux adjustment patterns, particularly across Equatorial Africa and North America. The inversions are validated against independent shipboard and aircraft observations, and XCH4 measurements available from the Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON). All GOSAT and SCIAMACHY inversions show very similar validation performance.
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