Articles | Volume 5, issue 10
Research article
19 Oct 2012
Research article |  | 19 Oct 2012

Level 1 algorithms for TANSO on GOSAT: processing and on-orbit calibrations

A. Kuze, H. Suto, K. Shiomi, T. Urabe, M. Nakajima, J. Yoshida, T. Kawashima, Y. Yamamoto, F. Kataoka, and H. Buijs

Abstract. The Thermal And Near infrared Sensor for carbon Observation Fourier-Transform Spectrometer (TANSO-FTS) onboard the Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite (GOSAT) (nicknamed "Ibuki") has been providing global space-borne observations of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) since 2009. In this paper, we first describe the version V150.151 operational Level 1 algorithms that produce radiance spectra from the acquired interferograms. Second, we will describe the on-orbit characteristics and calibration of TANSO-FTS. Overall function and performance such as signal to noise ratio and spectral resolution are within design objectives. Correction methods of small on-orbit degradations and anomalies, which have been found since launch, are described. Lastly, calibration of TANSO Cloud and Aerosol Imager (TANSO-CAI) are summarized.