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

1 IPA - DLR Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre = DLR Institute of Atmospheric Physics
2 LSCE - Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement [Gif-sur-Yvette]
3 SATINV - Modélisation INVerse pour les mesures atmosphériques et SATellitaires
4 CNES - Centre National d'Études Spatiales [Toulouse]
5 DLR - Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt
6 GSFC - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
7 IUP - Institut für Umweltphysik [Bremen]
9 LMD - Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (UMR 8539)
11 Tropospheric sounding, assimilation, and modeling group [JPL]
12 AWI - Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung = Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research = Institut Alfred-Wegener pour la recherche polaire et marine
13 MPI-BGC - Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie
14 Department of Physics [Helsinki]
15 SRON - SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research
16 VU - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam [Amsterdam]
17 Department of Earth Sciences [Amsterdam]
18 Department of Geography [München]
19 MPIB - Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie = Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
20 ECMWF - European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
21 LERMA - Laboratoire d'Etude du Rayonnement et de la Matière en Astrophysique
22 ILM - Institut Lumière Matière [Villeurbanne]
23 GFZ - German Research Centre for Geosciences - Helmholtz-Centre Potsdam
24 Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science [Lund]
John Burrows
Kathy S. Law
Sébastien Payan
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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 (<3.7 ppb) to significantly improve our knowledge of methane sources from global to regional scales, with emphasis on poorly accessible regions in the tropics and at high latitudes. This paper presents the MERLIN objectives, describes the methodology and the main characteristics of the payload and of the platform, and proposes a first assessment of the error budget and its translation into expected uncertainty reduction of methane surface emissions
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Gerhard Ehret, Philippe Bousquet, Clémence Pierangelo, Matthias Alpers, Bruno Millet, et al.. MERLIN: A French-German Space Lidar Mission Dedicated to Atmospheric Methane. Remote Sensing, 2017, 9 (10), pp.1052. ⟨10.3390/rs9101052⟩. ⟨insu-01664230⟩
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