Articles | Volume 14, issue 5
Research article
27 May 2021
Research article |  | 27 May 2021

Testing the altitude attribution and vertical resolution of AirCore measurements with a new spiking method

Thomas Wagenhäuser, Andreas Engel, and Robert Sitals


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on amt-2020-461', P. P. Tans, 05 Feb 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Thomas Wagenhäuser, 26 Mar 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on amt-2020-461', William Thomas Sturges, 17 Feb 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Thomas Wagenhäuser, 26 Mar 2021
  • RC3: 'Comment on amt-2020-461', Anna Karion, 22 Feb 2021
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC3', Thomas Wagenhäuser, 26 Mar 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Thomas Wagenhäuser on behalf of the Authors (29 Mar 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (11 Apr 2021) by Fred Stroh
Short summary
AirCore samplers are increasingly deployed to weather balloons to collect continuous atmospheric samples. We introduce a technique that can be used in situ to evaluate different data processing methods that are required to derive vertical trace gas profiles from AirCore measurements after sample recovery. Results from two test flights with a specific AirCore configuration provide evidence for systematic deviations in altitude attribution for the upper levels, which can be empirically corrected.