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Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) Level 2 Earth System Science Profiling Algorithm Ammonia Retrieval Algorithm (ESSPA-NH3) V1 (SNDRSNIL2ESPNH3)

The objective of this limited edition data collection is to examine the ammonia products generated by the ESSPA (Earth System Science Profiling Algorithm) algorithm from the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) instruments. The CrIS instrument used for this product is deployed on board the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (SNPP) platform and uses the Normal Spectral Resolution (NSR) data. The CrIS instrument is a Fourier transform spectrometer with a total of 1305 NSR infrared sounding channels covering the longwave (655-1095 cm-1), midwave (1210-1750 cm-1), and shortwave (2155-2550 cm-1) spectral regions. The NH3 L2 ammonia algorithm is based on an AER (Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc.) program initially developed to process TES (Tropospheric Emissions Spectrometer) trace gas products. This version runs within the ESSPA software framework: it uses the AER OSS forward model and an optimal estimation approach with a Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm. Temperature and water profiles are obtained from the CLIMCAPS Field of Regard (FOR) products, as are initial guesses for surface temperature and emissivity. The algorithm consists of a two-step sequential retrieval the first step retrieves surface temperature and emissivity and the second step an ammonia profile. The algorithm produces ammonia retrievals on every field of view (FOV) in each FOR. A level 2 granule has been set as 6 minutes of data, 30 footprints crosstrack by 45 lines along track. There are 240 granules per day, with an orbit repeat cycle of approximately 16 day.

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