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ATBD - GHG-CCI

ATBD - GHG-CCI

ESA Climate Change

ESA Climate Change Initiative (CCI) Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document Version 2 (ATBDv2) – UoL-FP for the Essential Climate Variable (ECV) Greenhouse Gases (GHG) Page 20 Version 2 – Draft 1 18 March 2013 3.3.1.6 Surface Properties The albedo is calculated from the spectral continuum from the GOSAT L1B using the reflectivity: where SZA is the solar zenith angle and the Solar radiance and observed GOSAT radiance are given by S Solar and S GOSAT respectively. The retrieval uses two albedo parameters for each spectral band, giving the albedo for the centre wavelength of the band and the slope of the albedo. The slope of the albedo is set to zero in the a priori. The covariance for albedo is completely open and the slope a priori error is set so that the band edges can vary by 50%. 3.3.1.7 Instrument Properties The dispersion is given in the GOSAT L1B data but requires adjusting in all SWIR bands. This adjustment can be calculated by the difference of the spectra away from a well known single strong Fraunhofer line (12985.163 cm -1 ) in the O 2 A band. Additionally, the O 2 A band dispersion requires shifting one spectral point lower to become approximately correct. It should be understood that although all SWIR band's dispersions are adjusted they are only approximate and require the dispersion to be retrieved. In addition to dispersion, the zero-level offset is retrieved in the O 2 A Band in order to scale the intensity. 3.3.2 Description of Full-Physics Methane Retrievals The Full-Physics Methane retrieval is similar to the CO 2 retrieval described in Section 3.3.1 with the target retrieval species changed from CO 2 to CH 4 . Table 3-2. State Vector for CO 2 retrievals. Description Parameters Number of Elements Aerosols 3 x 20 levels 60 CH 4 20 levels 20 Albedo 2 x 3 bands 6 Dispersion 2 x 3 bands 6 Zero-Level Offset 1 1 Surface Pressure Scalar 1

ESA Climate Change Initiative (CCI) Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document Version 2 (ATBDv2) – UoL-FP for the Essential Climate Variable (ECV) Greenhouse Gases (GHG) Page 21 Version 2 – Draft 1 18 March 2013 Temperature Scalar 1 Water Vapour Scalar 1 CO 2 Scalar 1 Total 97 3.3.2.1 Profile of Methane Concentration The a priori profile of CH 4 is acquired from a TM3 model run (Sander Houweling, personnel communication) and is interpolated to the desired latitude, longitude and time. 3.3.2.2 Profile of Carbon Dioxide Concentration Same as Section 3.3.1.1 3.3.2.3 Surface Pressure Same as Section 3.3.1.3 3.3.2.4 Temperature and Water Vapour Same as section 3.3.1.4 3.3.2.5 Aerosol Profiles Same as Section 3.3.1.3 3.3.2.6 Surface Properties Same as Section 3.3.1.6 3.3.2.7 Instrument Properties Same as Section 3.3.1.7 3.3.3 Description of Proxy Methane Retrievals For our GOSAT CH 4 retrieval, we have adopted the CO 2 proxy method of (Frankenberg et al., 2006). CO 2 is known to vary in the atmosphere much less than CH 4 and as the CO 2 absorption band is spectrally close to that of CH 4 we can use the CO 2 as a proxy for the light path to minimize common spectral artefacts due to aerosol scattering and instrumental effects (Frankenberg et al, 2008, ,Butz et al, 2010). CH 4 and CO 2 retrievals are carried out sequentially with channels at 1.65 µm and 1.61 µm respectively. In order to obtain a volume mixing ratio (VMR) of CH 4 , it is necessary to multiply the X CH4 /X CO2 ratio by a model X CO2 . We obtain the CO 2 VMRs from the LMDZ model (Chevallier et al. 2010), convolved with scenedependent instrument averaging kernels obtained from the GOSAT CO 2 retrieval.

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