Articles | Volume 3, issue 6
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 3, 2217–2223, 2003
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 3, 2217–2223, 2003

  15 Dec 2003

15 Dec 2003

Ground-based FTIR measurements of CO from the Jungfraujoch: characterisation and comparison with in situ surface and MOPITT data

B. Barret1, M. De Mazière1, and E. Mahieu2 B. Barret et al.
  • 1Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2Institut de Géophysique et d’Astrophysique, Liège, Belgium

Abstract. CO vertical profiles have been retrieved from solar absorption FTIR spectra recorded at the NDSC station of the Jungfraujoch (46.5º N, 8º E and 3580 m a.s.l.) for the period from January 1997 to May 2001. The characterisation of these profiles has been established by an information content analysis and an estimation of the error budgets. A partial validation of the profiles has been performed through comparisons with correlative measurements. The average volume mixing ratios (vmr) in the 3 km layer above the station have been compared with coincident surface measurements. The agreement between monthly means from both measurement techniques is very good, with a correlation coefficient of 0.87, and no significant bias observed. The FTIR total columns have also been compared to CO partial columns above 3580 m a.s.l. derived from the MOPITT (Measurement Of Pollution In The Troposphere) instrument for the period March 2000 to May 2001. Relative to the FTIR columns, the MOPITT partial columns exhibit a positive bias of 8±8% for daytime and of 4±7% for nighttime measurements.

Final-revised paper