SCIAMACHY -SCanning Imaging Absorption spectroMeter for Atmospheric CHartographY
SCIAMACHY -SCanning Imaging Absorption spectroMeter for Atmospheric CHartographY- is a passive remote sensing spectrometer observing backscattered, reflected, transmitted or emitted radiation from the atmosphere and Earth's surface, in the wavelength range between 240 and 2380 nm. The instrument was launched on board ENVISAT which was operational from March 2002 to April 2012.
The primary scientific objective of SCIAMACHY is the global measurement of various trace gases in the troposphere and stratosphere, which are retrieved from the solar irradiance and Earth radiance spectra. The large wavelength is also ideally suited for the determination of aerosols and clouds. Validation of SCIAMACHY is essential to ensure the quality of these derived products.