SCIAMACHY - Exploring the Changing Earth’s Atmosphere

  • Manfred Gottwald
  • Heinrich Bovensmann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. J. P. Burrows, A. P. H. Goede, C. Muller, H. Bovensmann
    Pages 1-17
  3. M. Gottwald, F.-J. Diekmann, T. Fehr
    Pages 19-28
  4. M. Gottwald, R. Hoogeveen, C. Chlebek, H. Bovensmann, J. Carpay, G. Lichtenberg et al.
    Pages 29-46
  5. M. Gottwald, A. Moore, S. Noël, E. Krieg, R. Mager, H. Kröger
    Pages 47-62
  6. R. Snel, G. Lichtenberg, S. Noël, M. Krijger, S. Slijkhuis, K. Bramstedt
    Pages 63-75
  7. M. Gottwald, K. Bramstedt, R. Snel, M. Krijger, G. Lichtenberg, S. Slijkhuis et al.
    Pages 77-97
  8. H. Bovensmann, A. Doicu, P. Stammes, M. Van Roozendael, C. von Savigny, M. Penning de Vries et al.
    Pages 99-127
  9. G. Lichtenberg, K-U. Eichmann, C. Lerot, R. Snel, S. Slijkhuis, S. Noël et al.
    Pages 129-146
  10. J.-C. Lambert, A. Piters, A. Richter, S. Mieruch, H. Bovensmann, M. Buchwitz et al.
    Pages 147-173
  11. H. Bovensmann, I. Aben, M. Van Roozendael, S. Kühl, M. Gottwald, C. von Savigny et al.
    Pages 175-216
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 217-225

About this book


SCIAMACHY, the SCanning Imaging Absorption spectroMeter for Atmospheric CHar­tographY, is a passive sensor for exploring the Earth’s atmosphere. It is part of the payload of the European Earth Observation mission ENVISAT, launched on 1 March 2002. SCIAMACHY observes absorption spectra of molecules from the UV (214 nm) to the short-wave infrared wavelength range (2386 nm) and derives the atmospheric composition – trace gases, aerosols, clouds – from these measurements. Having meanwhile successfully monitored and explored the Earth’s atmosphere for more than 8 years, new and exciting insights into the Earth-atmosphere system are obtained. The provided global data sets do not only cover greenhouse gases and pollutants in the troposphere or the ozone chemistry in the stratosphere but even reach up to the mesosphere and lower thermosphere. They contribute significantly to atmospheric physics and chemistry as well as climate change research.

SCIAMACHY is one of the major current Earth Observation undertakings of Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium, accomplished in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA). Many scientific groups at various institutes in Europe and abroad were and are actively involved in the analysis of the data.

This book is a comprehensive summary describing the entire SCIAMACHY mission – from the very first ideas to the current results. It illustrates how the measurements are performed, how the trace gas concentrations are derived from the measured spectra and how the unique data sets are used to improve our understanding of the changing Earth’s atmosphere. The targeted readership is not only the existing and potentially new SCIAMACHY data users from undergraduate student level up to researchers new in the fields of atmospheric chemistry and remote sensing, but anyone who is keen to learn about SCIAMACHY’s efforts to study the atmosphere and its responses to both, natural phenomena and anthropogenic effects.


SCIAMACHY atmospheric research monitoring orbit space

Editors and affiliations

  • Manfred Gottwald
    • 1
  • Heinrich Bovensmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR), Inst. Methodik der Fernerkundung (IMF)Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- undWesslingGermany
  2. 2.Inst. UmweltphysikUniversität BremenBremenGermany

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