Articles | Volume 7, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 1915–1928, 2014

Special issue: Atmospheric limb imaging with GLORIA

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 1915–1928, 2014

Review article 02 Jul 2014

Review article | 02 Jul 2014

Gimballed Limb Observer for Radiance Imaging of the Atmosphere (GLORIA) scientific objectives

M. Riese1, H. Oelhaf2, P. Preusse1, J. Blank1, M. Ern1, F. Friedl-Vallon2, H. Fischer2, T. Guggenmoser1, M. Höpfner2, P. Hoor3, M. Kaufmann1, J. Orphal2, F. Plöger1, R. Spang1, O. Suminska-Ebersoldt2, J. Ungermann1, B. Vogel1, and W. Woiwode2 M. Riese et al.
  • 1Institute of Energy and Climate Research, Stratosphere (IEK-7), Forschungzentrum Jülich, 52425 Jülich, Germany
  • 2Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 3Institute for Atmospheric Physics, University Mainz, Mainz, Germany

Abstract. The upper troposphere/lower stratosphere (UTLS) represents an important part of the climate system. Even small changes in the composition and dynamic structure of this region have significant radiative effects. Quantifying the underlying physical and chemical processes therefore represents a crucial task. Currently, there is a lack of UTLS observations with sufficient three-dimensional resolution. The Gimballed Limb Observer for Radiance Imaging of the Atmosphere (GLORIA) aircraft instrument addresses this observational lack by providing observations of numerous trace constituents as well as temperature and cloud structures with an unprecedented combination of vertical resolution (up to 300 m) and horizontal resolution (about 30 km × 30 km). As a result, important scientific questions concerning stratosphere–troposphere exchange, the occurrence of subvisible cirrus clouds in the lowermost stratosphere (LMS), polar chemistry, and gravity wave processes can be addressed, as reviewed in this paper.