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Microwave Limb Sounder


The Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) experiments measure naturally-occurring microwave thermal emission from the limb (edge) of Earth's atmosphere to remotely sense vertical profiles of atmospheric gases, temperature, pressure, and cloud ice. The overall objective of these experiments is to provide information that will help improve our understanding of Earth's atmosphere and global change.


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Maps @ 46hPa; SO2 @ 147hPa and CO @ 215hPa

Latest Publications

  1. Stone, K., S. Solomon, D. Kinnison, M. Pitts, L. Poole, M. Mills, A. Schmidt, R. Neely, D. Ivy, M. Schwartz, J. Vernier, B. Johnson, M. Tully, A. Klekociuk, G. König-Langlo, and S. Hagiya, "Observing the impact of Calbuco volcanic aerosols on South Polar ozone depletion in 2015," Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, doi:10.1002/2017jd026987, in press.

  2. Yee, J.H., J. Gjerloev, D. Wu, and M.J. Schwartz, "First Application of the Zeeman Technique to Remotely Measure Auroral Electrojet Intensity from Space," Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1002/2017gl074909, in press.

  3. Randel, W., L. Polvani, F. Wu, D. Kinnison, C. Zou, and C. Mears, "Troposphere-Stratosphere Temperature Trends Derived From Satellite Data Compared With Ensemble Simulations From WACCM," Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 122, 18, 9651-9667, doi:10.1002/2017jd027158, 2017.   reprint  

  4. Kim, G., J. Kim, Y. Kim, and Y. Lee, "Long-term trend of mesospheric temperatures over Kiruna 68°N, 21°E during 2003–2014," J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys. 161, 83-87, doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2017.06.018, 2017.   reprint  

  5. Jain, S., A.R. Jain, and T.K. Mandal, "Appearance of the persistently low tropopause temperature and ozone over the Bay of Bengal region," Meteorol Atmos Phys, doi:10.1007/s00703-017-0554-5, 2017.   reprint  

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New MLS Level 3 (v4) BrO and HO2 pre-average radiances products

The science team for the Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) on the Aura satellite is pleased to announce the release of new bromine monoxide (BrO) and hydroperoxyl (HO2) MLS "Version 4" pre-average radiances datasets. The retrieval algorithm produces a pair of zonal mean abundance fields each day - one for the daytime part of the orbit and the other for the nighttime part - from 10o latitude bin zonal mean radiances. By sacrificing spatial resolution, the noise level and the biases in the retrieved profiles are greatly reduced.

Notable advantages over the standard level 2 products include the first long-term nighttime HO2 satellite record and a wider pressure range (21 - 0.003 hPa) for the HO2 dataset (the standard Level 2 product covers only 21 - 0.046 hPa). Further information can be found at Millán et al. (2012) and Millán et al. (2015).

These new datasets are available at the NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC): ML3DZMBRO and ML3DZMHO2. Users are urged to read their data quality documents (available from the same location) and contact the MLS science team with any questions.

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