OMPS Limb Profiler Instrument Performance Assessment
- Jaross, Glen R.
- April 16, 2014.
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- 1 electronic document
- Additional Creators:
- Kowitt, Mark, Chen, Grace, Xu, Philippe, Chen, Zhong, Kelly, Thomas, Warner, Jeremy, Haken, Michael, and Bhartia, Pawan K.
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- Following the successful launch of the Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite (OMPS) aboard the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SNPP) spacecraft, the NASA OMPS Limb team began an evaluation of instrument and data product performance. The focus of this paper is the instrument performance in relation to the original design criteria. Performance that is closer to expectations increases the likelihood that limb scatter measurements by SNPP OMPS and successor instruments can form the basis for accurate long-term monitoring of ozone vertical profiles. The team finds that the Limb instrument operates mostly as designed and basic performance meets or exceeds the original design criteria. Internally scattered stray light and sensor pointing knowledge are two design challenges with the potential to seriously degrade performance. A thorough prelaunch characterization of stray light supports software corrections that are accurate to within 1% in radiances up to 60 km for the wavelengths used in deriving ozone. Residual stray light errors at 1000nm, which is useful in retrievals of stratospheric aerosols, currently exceed 10%. Height registration errors in the range of 1 km to 2 km have been observed that cannot be fully explained by known error sources. An unexpected thermal sensitivity of the sensor also causes wavelengths and pointing to shift each orbit in the northern hemisphere. Spectral shifts of as much as 0.5nm in the ultraviolet and 5 nm in the visible, and up to 0.3 km shifts in registered height, must be corrected in ground processing.
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- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 20140013037.
Journal of Geophysics Resesearch: Atmospheres; Volume 119; Issue 7; 4399–4412.
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