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Trends in spectrally resolved OLR from 10 years of IASI measurements


The Earth's Outgoing Longwave Radiation (OLR) is a key component in the study of climate. As part of the Earth's radiation budget, it reflects how the Earth-atmosphere system compensates the incoming solar radiation at the top of the atmosphere. At equilibrium, the two quantities compensate each other on average. Any variation of the climate drivers (e.g. greenhouse gases) causes an energy imbalance which leads to a climate response (e.g. surface temperature increase), with the effect of bringing the radiation budget back to equilibrium. Considerable improvements in our understanding of the Earth-atmosphere system and of its long-term changes have been achieved in the last four decades through the exploitation of measurements from dedicated broadband instruments. However, such instruments only provide spectrally integrated OLR over a broad spectral range and are therefore not well suited for tracking separately the impact of the different parameters affecting the OLR.Better constraints can, in principle, be obtained from spectrally resolved OLR (i.e. the integrand of broadband OLR, in units of W m-2 cm-1) derived from infrared hyperspectral sounders. Recently, a dedicated algorithm was developed to derive clear-sky spectrally resolved OLR from the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) at the 0.25 cm-1 native spectral sampling of the L1C spectra (Whitburn et al. 2020). Here, we analyze the changes in 10 years (2008-2017) of the IASI-derived OLR and we relate them to known changes in greenhouse gases concentrations (CO2, CH4, H2O, …) and climate phenomena activity such as El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO).Whitburn, S., Clarisse, L., Bauduin, S., George, M., Hurtmans, D., Safieddine, S., Coheur, P. F., and Clerbaux, C. (2020). Spectrally Resolved Fuxes from IASI Data: Retrieval algorithm for Clear-Sky Measurements. Journal of Climate. doi: 10.1175/jcli-d-19-0523.1
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insu-03467199 , version 1 (06-12-2021)


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Simon Whitburn, Lieven Clarisse, Andy Delcloo, Steven Dewitte, Marie Bouillon, et al.. Trends in spectrally resolved OLR from 10 years of IASI measurements. vEGU21, the 23rd EGU General Assembly, Apr 2021, Virtual Meeting, France. ⟨insu-03467199⟩
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