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Research article
17 Jan 2017
Research article |  | 17 Jan 2017

Retrieval of nitric oxide in the mesosphere from SCIAMACHY nominal limb spectra

Stefan Bender, Miriam Sinnhuber, Martin Langowski, and John P. Burrows

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Bender, S., Sinnhuber, M., Burrows, J. P., Langowski, M., Funke, B., and López-Puertas, M.: Retrieval of nitric oxide in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere from SCIAMACHY limb spectra, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 6, 2521–2531,, 2013.
Bender, S., Sinnhuber, M., von Clarmann, T., Stiller, G., Funke, B., López-Puertas, M., Urban, J., Pérot, K., Walker, K. A., and Burrows, J. P.: Comparison of nitric oxide measurements in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere from ACE-FTS, MIPAS, SCIAMACHY, and SMR, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 4171–4195,, 2015.
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Bovensmann, H., Burrows, J. P., Buchwitz, M., Frerick, J., Noël, S., Rozanov, V. V., Chance, K. V., and Goede, A. P. H.: SCIAMACHY: Mission Objectives and Measurement Modes, J. Atmos. Sci., 56, 127–150,<0127:SMOAMM>2.0.CO;2, 1999.
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We present the retrieval of NO number densities from 60 km to 85 km from measurements of SCIAMACHY/Envisat in its nominal limb mode (0–91 km). We derive the densities from the NO gamma bands (230–300 nm). Using prior input reduces the incorrect attribution of NO from the lower thermosphere. The SCIAMACHY nominal limb scans provide almost 10 years of daily NO data in this altitude range, a unique data record to constrain NO in the mesosphere for testing and validating chemistry climate models.