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Correlation relationships of stratospheric molecular constituents from high spectral resolution, ground-based infrared solar absorption spectra

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Comparisons of chemically active species with chemically inert tracers are useful to quantify transport and mixing and assess the accuracy of model predictions. We report measurements of chemically active species and chemically inert tracers in the stratosphere derived from the analysis of infrared solar absorption spectra recorded with a ground-based Fourier transform spectrometer operated typically at 0.005- to 0.01-cm-1 spectral resolution. The measurements were recorded from Kitt Peak in southern Arizona (latitude 31.9�� N 111.6�� W, 2.09 km altitude). Time series of N2O, CH4, O3, and HNO3 vertical profiles have been retrieved from measurements in microwindows. From these results, correlations between N2O and CH4 stratospheric mixing ratios and between O3 and HNO3 lower stratospheric mixing ratios have been derived. The measured correlations between N2O versus CH4 mixing ratios are compact and show little variability with respect to season in quantitative agreement with Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy Experiment (ATMOS) spring and autumn measurements recorded near the same latitude. Lower stratospheric O3 versus HNO3 mixing ratios measured during low to moderate aerosol loading time periods also show a compact relations though the HNO3/ O3 slope is a factor of 2 lower than obtained from November 1994 ATMOS measurements near the same latitude. We also compare Kitt Peak and ATMOS N2O versus CH4 and O3 versus HNO3 relations obtained by averaging the measurements over two broad stratospheric layers. This comparison avoids bias from the a priori profiles and the limited vertical resolution of the ground-based observations. Copyright 2000 by the American Geophysical Union.

Publication Date


  • 2000

Citation


  • Rinsland, C. P., Goldman, A., Connor, B. J., Stephen, T. M., Jones, N. B., Wood, S. W., . . . Demoulin, P. (2000). Correlation relationships of stratospheric molecular constituents from high spectral resolution, ground-based infrared solar absorption spectra. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 105(D11), 14637-14652. doi:10.1029/2000JD900139

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0033792373

Start Page


  • 14637

End Page


  • 14652

Volume


  • 105

Issue


  • D11

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • Comparisons of chemically active species with chemically inert tracers are useful to quantify transport and mixing and assess the accuracy of model predictions. We report measurements of chemically active species and chemically inert tracers in the stratosphere derived from the analysis of infrared solar absorption spectra recorded with a ground-based Fourier transform spectrometer operated typically at 0.005- to 0.01-cm-1 spectral resolution. The measurements were recorded from Kitt Peak in southern Arizona (latitude 31.9�� N 111.6�� W, 2.09 km altitude). Time series of N2O, CH4, O3, and HNO3 vertical profiles have been retrieved from measurements in microwindows. From these results, correlations between N2O and CH4 stratospheric mixing ratios and between O3 and HNO3 lower stratospheric mixing ratios have been derived. The measured correlations between N2O versus CH4 mixing ratios are compact and show little variability with respect to season in quantitative agreement with Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy Experiment (ATMOS) spring and autumn measurements recorded near the same latitude. Lower stratospheric O3 versus HNO3 mixing ratios measured during low to moderate aerosol loading time periods also show a compact relations though the HNO3/ O3 slope is a factor of 2 lower than obtained from November 1994 ATMOS measurements near the same latitude. We also compare Kitt Peak and ATMOS N2O versus CH4 and O3 versus HNO3 relations obtained by averaging the measurements over two broad stratospheric layers. This comparison avoids bias from the a priori profiles and the limited vertical resolution of the ground-based observations. Copyright 2000 by the American Geophysical Union.

Publication Date


  • 2000

Citation


  • Rinsland, C. P., Goldman, A., Connor, B. J., Stephen, T. M., Jones, N. B., Wood, S. W., . . . Demoulin, P. (2000). Correlation relationships of stratospheric molecular constituents from high spectral resolution, ground-based infrared solar absorption spectra. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 105(D11), 14637-14652. doi:10.1029/2000JD900139

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0033792373

Start Page


  • 14637

End Page


  • 14652

Volume


  • 105

Issue


  • D11

Place Of Publication