ACE-FTS version 3.0 data set: validation and data processing update

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Claire Waymark
Kaley Walker
Chris D. Boone
Peter F. Bernath


On 12 August 2003, the Canadian-led Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE) was launched into a 74° inclination orbit at 650 km with the mission objective to measure atmospheric composition using infrared and UV-visible spectroscopy (Bernath et al. 2005). The ACE mission consists of two main instruments, ACE-FTS and MAESTRO (McElroy et al. 2007), which are being used to investigate the chemistry and dynamics of the Earth’s atmosphere.  Here, we focus on the high resolution (0.02 cm-1) infrared Fourier Transform Spectrometer, ACE-FTS, that measures in the 750-4400 cm-1 (2.2 to 13.3 µm) spectral region.  This instrument has been making regular solar occultation observations for more than nine years.  The current ACE-FTS data version (version 3.0) provides profiles of temperature and volume mixing ratios (VMRs) of more than 30 atmospheric trace gas species, as well as 20 subsidiary isotopologues of the most abundant trace atmospheric constituents over a latitude range of ~85°N to ~85°S.  This letter describes the current data version and recent validation comparisons and provides a description of our planned updates for the ACE-FTS data set. [...]

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Waymark, C., Walker, K., Boone, C. D. and Bernath, P. F. (2014) “ACE-FTS version 3.0 data set: validation and data processing update”, Annals of Geophysics, 56. doi: 10.4401/ag-6339.