MERLIN : A French-German Space Lidar Mission Dedicated to Atmospheric Methane

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Ehret , G , Bousquet , P , Pierangelo , C , Alpers , M , Millet , B , Abshire , J B , Bovensmann , H , Burrows , J P , Chevallier , F , Ciais , P , Crevoisier , C , Fix , A , Flamant , P , Frankenberg , C , Gibert , F , Heim , B , Heimann , M , Houweling , S , Hubberten , H W , Joeckel , P , Law , K , Loew , A , Marshall , J , Agusti-Panareda , A , Payan , S , Prigent , C , Rairoux , P , Sachs , T , Scholze , M & Wirth , M 2017 , ' MERLIN : A French-German Space Lidar Mission Dedicated to Atmospheric Methane ' , Remote Sensing , vol. 9 , no. 10 , 1052 . https://doi.org/10.3390/rs9101052

Title: MERLIN : A French-German Space Lidar Mission Dedicated to Atmospheric Methane
Author: Ehret, Gerhard; Bousquet, Philippe; Pierangelo, Clemence; Alpers, Matthias; Millet, Bruno; Abshire, James B.; Bovensmann, Heinrich; Burrows, John P.; Chevallier, Frederic; Ciais, Philippe; Crevoisier, Cyril; Fix, Andreas; Flamant, Pierre; Frankenberg, Christian; Gibert, Fabien; Heim, Birgit; Heimann, Martin; Houweling, Sander; Hubberten, Hans W.; Joeckel, Patrick; Law, Kathy; Loew, Alexander; Marshall, Julia; Agusti-Panareda, Anna; Payan, Sebastien; Prigent, Catherine; Rairoux, Patrick; Sachs, Torsten; Scholze, Marko; Wirth, Martin
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Physics
Date: 2017-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 29
Belongs to series: Remote Sensing
ISSN: 2072-4292
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/228759
Abstract: The MEthane Remote sensing Lidar missioN (MERLIN) aims at demonstrating the spaceborne active measurement of atmospheric methane, a potent greenhouse gas, based on an Integrated Path Differential Absorption (IPDA) nadir-viewing LIght Detecting and Ranging (Lidar) instrument. MERLIN is a joint French and German space mission, with a launch currently scheduled for the timeframe 2021/22. The German Space Agency (DLR) is responsible for the payload, while the platform (MYRIADE Evolutions product line) is developed by the French Space Agency (CNES). The main scientific objective of MERLIN is the delivery of weighted atmospheric columns of methane dry-air mole fractions for all latitudes throughout the year with systematic errors small enough (
Subject: MERLIN
space mission
IPDA Lidar
atmospheric methane
CH4 emissions
global methane budget
DIFFERENTIAL-ABSORPTION LIDAR
CARBON-DIOXIDE
AIRBORNE MEASUREMENTS
SURFACE MEASUREMENTS
CH4 EMISSIONS
MIXING-RATIO
CO2 COLUMN
TANSO-FTS
SCIAMACHY
PERFORMANCE
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