EGU2020-8469, updated on 27 Sep 2023
EGU General Assembly 2020
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Sensing small-scale structures in the troposphere with tomographic principles (IAG working group)

Gregor Moeller1, Chi Ao2, Zohreh Adavi3, Hugues Brenot4, André Sá5, George Hajj2, Natalia Hanna3, Chaiyaporn Kitpracha6,9, Eric Pottiaux7, Witold Rohm8, Endrit Shehaj1, Estera Trzcina8, Kuo-Nung Wang2, Karina Wilgan6,9, and Kefei Zhang10
Gregor Moeller et al.
  • 1ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
  • 2Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA
  • 3TU Wien, Vienna, Austria
  • 4Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, Brussels, Belgium
  • 5Polytechnic Institute of Guarda, Guarda, Portugal
  • 6Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  • 7Royal Observatory of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
  • 8Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Wroclaw, Poland
  • 9German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany
  • 10Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Within the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), a new working group was formed with the intention to bring together researchers and professionals working on tomography-based concepts for sensing the neutral atmosphere with space-geodetic techniques. Hereby the focus lies on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) but also on complementary observation techniques, like Interferometric Synthetic Aperature Radar (InSAR) or microwave radiometers, sensitive to the water vapor distribution in the lower atmosphere.

In the next four years (2019-2023), we will address current challenges in tropospheric tomography with focus on ground-based and space-based measurements, the combination of measurement techniques and the design of new observation concepts using tomographic principles. While geodetic GNSS networks are nowadays the backbone for troposphere tomography studies, further local densifications, e.g. at airports, cities or fundamental stations are necessary to achieve very fine spatial and temporal resolution. Besides, the combination of ground-based GNSS with other microwave techniques like radio occultation or InSAR seems to be beneficial due their complementary nature. Therefore, several further developments in the field of tropospheric tomography are required. This includes more dynamical tomography models - adaptable to varying input data, advanced ray-tracing algorithms for the reconstruction of space-based observations and the coordination of a benchmark campaign.

In this presentation, we will give an overview about the current challenges in tropospheric tomography and the objectives of working group. The latter will also include standards for data exchange and therefore, make tomographic products available for the assimilation into numerical weather prediction models but also for various other disciplines, which rely on accurate wet refractivities or derived products like tropospheric signal delays.

How to cite: Moeller, G., Ao, C., Adavi, Z., Brenot, H., Sá, A., Hajj, G., Hanna, N., Kitpracha, C., Pottiaux, E., Rohm, W., Shehaj, E., Trzcina, E., Wang, K.-N., Wilgan, K., and Zhang, K.: Sensing small-scale structures in the troposphere with tomographic principles (IAG working group), EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-8469,, 2020.


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