Retrieval of xCO2 from ground-based mid-infrared (NDACC) solar absorption spectra and comparison to TCCON
- 1Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany
- 2School of Chemistry, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia
- 3Department of Atmospheric Research, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) Ltd., Wellington, New Zealand
Abstract. High-resolution solar absorption spectra, taken within the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change Infrared Working Group (NDACC-IRWG) in the mid-infrared spectral region, are used to infer partial or total column abundances of many gases. In this paper we present the retrieval of a column-averaged mole fraction of carbon dioxide from NDACC-IRWG spectra taken with a Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer at the site in Ny-Ålesund, Spitsbergen. The retrieved time series is compared to colocated standard TCCON (Total Carbon Column Observing Network) measurements of column-averaged dry-air mole fractions of CO2 (denoted by xCO2). Comparing the NDACC and TCCON retrievals, we find that the sensitivity of the NDACC retrieval is lower in the troposphere (by a factor of 2) and higher in the stratosphere, compared to TCCON. Thus, the NDACC retrieval is less sensitive to tropospheric changes (e.g., the seasonal cycle) in the column average.