Measurements of Carbon Monoxide from Satellites

A contribution to ACCENT-TROPOSAT-2, Task Group 1

James R. Drummond

Department of Physics, University of Toronto, 60 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario,
Tel: +1-416-978-4723
Fax: +1-416-978-8905

The utility of measurements of carbon monoxide has been demonstrated from a number of satellite instruments.  Data are now available from a number of sensors, some of them for a number of years e.g. MOPITT now has 4.5 years of data available.  New instruments are being designed and these are required to continue and to improve the measurements in the future.

This project has two major foci for study:

The combination of data from several instruments to produce new results

The optimal design of new instruments using experience from current experiments

For the first point we shall initially seek to study the combination of measurements of carbon monoxide from a number of instruments:  MOPITT, SCIAMACHY, TES, AIRS.  These instruments have considerably different observing strategies and capabilities, so the combination of measurements is not simple, but has the potential for creating a more complete picture of the planet at any time.

The particular focus of the second part this project will be to come up with a design for a successor instrument to the Measurements Of Pollution In The Troposphere (MOPITT) instrument, to carry on the measurement sequence and to expand it.  MOPITT is a monitoring instrument, designed to obtain the maximum information about the field of a very limited number of gases and it seems likely that a successor should also specialise in the same manner, perhaps to the single gas, carbon monoxide.


Some funding is already in place and a 3-year effort is envisaged


For the first part an application for funding has been made to the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Science (CFCAS)

For the second part, funding is already in place from the Canadian Space Agency.


David Edwards                                    
          National Center for Atmospheric Research
Tel: 303-497-1857

Jay Kar                                                           
Department of Physics,
University of Toronto
Tel: 416-971-2363

Jason Zou                                            
Department of Physics,
University of Toronto
Tel: 416-978-1297


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