Massimo Carlotti

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An optimized code to perform the near-real-time retrieval of profiles of pressure, temperature, and volume mixing ratio (VMR) of five key species (O(3), H(2)O, HNO(3), CH(4), and N(2)O) from infrared limb spectra recorded by the Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding (MIPAS) experiment on board the European Space Agency (ESA)(More)
A method for the retrieval of concentration profiles of atmospheric constituents from spectra, recorded by balloon-borne spectrometers with the limb-scanning technique, is presented. The method uses a nonlinear least-squares fit procedure to fit simultaneously the whole concentration profile on a limb-scanning sequence of spectra. A use in interferometric(More)
We propose a new approach to the analysis of limb-scanning measurements of the atmosphere that are continually recorded from an orbiting platform. The retrieval is based on the simultaneous analysis of observations taken along the whole orbit. This approach accounts for the horizontal variability of the atmosphere, hence avoiding the errors caused by the(More)
P. Raspollini, C. Belotti, A. Burgess, B. Carli, M. Carlotti, S. Ceccherini, B. M. Dinelli, A. Dudhia, J.-M. Flaud, B. Funke, M. Höpfner, M. Lopez-Puertas, V. Payne, C. Piccolo, J. J. Remedios, M. Ridolfi, and R. Spang Istituto di Fisica Applicata “N. Carrara” (IFAC) del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Firenze, Italy Dipartimento di Chimica Fisica(More)
Design and performance of a high-resolution Fourier transform spectrometer for laboratory molecular spectroscopy in the 8-200-cm(-1) region are discussed. A folding of the beam path is used to obtain the maximum path difference of 4 m with a mirror stroke of 1 m. The measured linewidth of 0.0019 cm(-1) is in agreement with the expected theoretical(More)
We present a new retrieval model designed to analyze the observations of the Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding (MIPAS), which is on board the ENVironmental SATellite (ENVISAT). The new geo-fit multitarget retrieval model (GMTR) implements the geo-fit two-dimensional inversion for the simultaneous retrieval of several targets(More)
We report the results of a study aimed at the assessment of the trade-off between precision and horizontal resolution of the retrieval products of MIPAS (Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding) operating onboard the ENVIronmental SATellite. By exploiting different observation setups we could perform the study by acting on both the(More)
The design of spectroscopic measurements of the atmosphere with the limb-scanning technique for the retrieval of constituent altitude profiles requires choosing instrumental, observational, and retrieval parameters. An approach to this problem is discussed, and the mathematical tools that make it possible to study the trade-off between the two conflicting(More)
We demonstrate the feasibility of retrieval of temperature and pressure profiles from spaceborne limb-sounding spectroscopic measurements in the submillimetric region. Whether these profiles can be retrieved determines whether a submillimetric instrument can be self-sufficient as far as the atmospheric model is concerned or whether complementary sensors in(More)
Clouds represent a critical factor in regulating the Earth's atmosphere and its energy balance. Satellite instruments can measure the energy balance and global atmospheric properties only through an accurate knowledge of the vertical profile of cloudiness, which is as yet one of the key shortages in atmospheric science. The Michelson Interferometer for(More)