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      A simple and quick sensitivity analysis method for methane isotopologues detection with GOSAT-TANSO-FTS

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      UCL Open: Environment Preprint

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      Methane, Radiative transfer, GOSAT, Isotopologue, SWIR, Education, Outreach, Climate

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          Measurements of methane isotopologues can differentiate between different source types, be they biogenic (e.g. marsh lands) or abiogenic (e.g. industry). Global measurements of these isotopologues would greatly benefit the current disconnect between top-down (knowledge from Chemistry Transport Models and satellite measurements) and bottom-up (in situ measurement inventories) methane measurements. However, current measurements of these isotopologues are limited to a small number of in situ studies and airborne studies. In this paper we investigate the potential for detecting the second most common isotopologue of methane ( 13CH 4) from space using the Japanese Greenhouse Gases Observation Satellite (GOSAT) applying a quick and simple residual radiance analysis technique. The method allows for a rapid analysis of spectral regions, and can be used to teach University students or advanced school students about radiative transfer analysis. Using this method we find limited sensitivity to 13CH 4, with detections limited to total column methane enhancements of >6%, assuming a desert surface albedo of >0.3.

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          UCL Open: Environment Preprint
          UCL Press
          13 December 2020
          [1 ] Imaging Group, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Department of Space and Climate Physics, University College London, Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6NT, UK.

          This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

          The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.

          Education, Earth & Environmental sciences, Physics

          Methane, Radiative transfer, GOSAT, Isotopologue, SWIR, Education, Outreach, Climate


          Date: 11 January 2021

          Handling Editor: Christopher Brierley and Marlos Goes

          The article has been accepted and it is suitable for publication in UCL Open: Environment.

          2021-01-11 10:39 UTC

          Date: 15 December 2020

          Handling Editor: Christopher Brierley and Marlos Goes

          The article has been revised, this article remains a preprint article and peer-review has not been completed. It is under consideration following submission to UCL Open: Environment Preprint for open peer review.

          2021-01-06 17:23 UTC

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