Articles | Volume 8, issue 12
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 5223–5235, 2015

Special issue: Limb observations of the middle atmosphere by space- and airborne...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 5223–5235, 2015
Research article
15 Dec 2015
Research article | 15 Dec 2015

Improved stratospheric aerosol extinction profiles from SCIAMACHY: validation and sample results

C. von Savigny et al.

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This article presents validation results for stratospheric aerosol extinction profiles retrieved from limb-scatter measurements with the SCIAMACHY instrument on the Envisat satellite. The SCIAMACHY retrievals are compared to co-located measurements with the SAGE II instrument. Very good agreement to within about 15% is found in a global average sense at altitudes above 15 km. The article also presents sample results on the global morphology of the stratospheric aerosol layer from 2003 to 2011.