Abstract

The Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere (MOPITT) instrument is designed to measure tropospheric CO and CH4 from a spaceborne platform by the use of infrared gas correlation radiometers. We describe the forward model that is used as the basis for the retrieval algorithm. We present the techniques used to model the instrument and describe the radiative transfer involved in the measurement process. Calculations have been performed to assess the sensitivity of the measured radiance to changes in the target-gas concentration profiles, changes in the concentration of contaminating constituents, and to variations in the parameters that describe reflection and emission of radiation at the Earth’s surface.

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