Dr. Hartmut Boesch

Contact Details

Earth Observation Science Group

Space Research Centre

Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Leicester

Leicester, LE1 7RH

Phone: +44 (0)116 2522273

Fax: +44 (0)116 2522464

Email: hartmut.boesch@le.ac.uk


Research Interests

I am a Reader in the Earth Observation Science Group and I am interested in understanding the global distribution of greenhouse gases and the associated sources and sinks, retrieval methods for atmospheric trace gases and aerosols from space and the development of new Earth Observations concepts.


Current Projects

NERC/FAPESP Amazonian Carbon Observatory

ESA Climate Change Initiative (CCI) GHG theme

ESA ADVANSE (An ADVANced retrieval system for greenhouse gases from SCIAMACHY on ENVISAT)

ESA Carbonsat Earth Explorer 8 Candidate Mission Level2 and Level1B requirements consolidation study

EU FP7 Monitoring Atmospheric Compositon and Climate (MACC-II)

EU FP7 Integrated non-CO2 Greenhouse gas Observation System (InGOS)

NERC Co-ordinated Airborne Studies in the Tropics (CAST)

NERC Greenhouse gAs Uk and Global Emissions (GAUGE)

National Centre for Earth Observations

Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation (CEOI)


Current Professional Activities

Science team member of the NASA ACOS and OCO-2 projects

Member of Mission Advisory Group (MAG) for Esa Earth Explorer 8 Candidate Mission Carbonsat

Co-chair for IWGGMS-7 and session organizer for EGU General Assembly


Research Group

Kristiina Byckling, PDRA

Ed Comyn-Platt, PDRA

Neil Humpage, PDRA

Robert Parker, PDRA

Harjinder Sembhi, PDRA

Leif Vogel, PDRA

Alex Geddes, PhD student, CEOI

Will Hewson, PhD student, NERC NCEO

Alex Webb, PhD student, NERC

Laimonas Zubas, PhD student (with Paul Monks), NERC NCEO

Former Members

Austin Cogan, PhD student, NERC, now at Air Quality Consultants, Bristol





Diane Knappett, PhD student (with Paul Monks), NERC NCEO, now at Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Sam Illingworth, PhD student (with John Remedios), NERC NCEO, now at University of Manchester

Recent Publications

M. Buchwitz, M. Reuter, O. Schneising, H. Boesch, S. Guerlet, B. Dils, I. Aben, R. Armante, P. Bergamaschi, T. Blumenstock, H. Bovensmann, D. Brunner, B. Buchmann, J.P. Burrows, A. Butz, A. Chédin, F. Chevallier, C.D. Crevoisier, N.M. Deutscher, C. Frankenberg, et al., The Greenhouse Gas Climate Change Initiative (GHG-CCI): Comparison and quality assessment of near-surface-sensitive satellite-derived CO2 and CH4 global data sets, Remote Sensing of Environment, In Press, Corrected Proof, 2013

Dils, B., Buchwitz, M., Reuter, M., Schneising, O., Boesch, H., Parker, R., Guerlet, S., Aben, I., Blumenstock, T., Burrows, J. P., Butz, A., Deutscher, N. M., Frankenberg, C., Hase, F., Hasekamp, O. P., Heymann, J., De Mazière, M., Notholt, J., Sussmann, R., Warneke, T., Griffith, D., Sherlock, V., and Wunch, D.: The Greenhouse Gas Climate Change Initiative (GHG-CCI): comparative validation of GHG-CCI SCIAMACHY/ENVISAT and TANSO-FTS/GOSAT CO2 and CH4 retrieval algorithm products with measurements from the TCCON network, Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss., 6, 8679-8741, doi:10.5194/amtd-6-8679-2013, 2013.

Buchwitz, M., Reuter, M., Bovensmann, H., Pillai, D., Heymann, J., Schneising, O., Rozanov, V., Krings, T., Burrows, J. P., Boesch, H., Gerbig, C., Meijer, Y., and Löscher, A.: Carbon Monitoring Satellite (CarbonSat): assessment of scattering related atmospheric CO2 and CH4 retrieval errors and first results on implications for inferring city CO2 emissions, Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss., 6, 4769-4850, doi:10.5194/amtd-6-4769-2013, 2013.

Ross, A. N., M. J. Wooster, H. Boesch, and R. Parker, First satellite measurements of carbon dioxide and methane emission ratios in wildfire plumes, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, doi:10.1002/grl.50733, 2013

Fraser, A., Palmer, P. I., Feng, L., Boesch, H., Cogan, A., Parker, R., Dlugokencky, E. J., Fraser, P. J., Krummel, P. B., Langenfelds, R. L., O'Doherty, S., Prinn, R. G., Steele, L. P., van der Schoot, M., and Weiss, R. F.: Estimating regional methane surface fluxes: the relative importance of surface and GOSAT mole fraction measurements, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 12, 30989-31030, doi:10.5194/acpd-12-30989-2012, 2012

Boesch, H., N.M. Deutscher, T. Warneke, K. Byckling, A. J. Cogan, D. W. T. Griffith, J. Notholt, R. J. Parker, and Z. Wang, HDO/H2O ratio retrievals from GOSAT, Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss., 5, 6643-6677, 2012

Hewson, W. H. Boesch, M. Barkley, I. De Smedt, Characterisation of GOME-2 formaldehyde retrieval sensitivity, Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss., 5, 7095-7139, 2012

Reuter M., H. Boesch, et al., A joint effort to deliver satellite retrieved atmospheric CO2 concentrations for surface flux inversions: The ensemble median algorithm EMMA, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 12, 23195–23217, 2012

Cogan, A.J., H. Boesch, R. J. Parker,  L. Feng, P. I. Palmer, J.-F. L. Blavier, N. M. Deutscher, R. Macatangay, J. Notholt, C. Roehl,  T. Warneke, D. Wunch, Atmospheric carbon dioxide retrieved from the Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite: Comparison with ground-based TCCON observations and GEOS-Chem model calculations, J. Geophys. Res., D21301,doi:10.1029/2012JD018087, 2012

Oshchepkov, S., et al., Effects of atmospheric light scattering on spectroscopic observations of greenhouse gases from space. Part 1: Validation of PPDF-based CO2 retrievals from GOSAT, J. Geophys. Res., J. Geophys. Res., 117, D12305, doi:10.1029/2012JD017505, 2012

Crisp, D., B. M. Fisher, C. O'Dell, C. Frankenberg, R. Basilio, H. Boesch, L. R. Brown, R. Castano, B. Connor, N. M. Deutscher, A. Eldering, D. Griffith, M. Gunson, A. Kuze, L. Mandrake, J. McDuffie, J. Messerschmidt, C. E. Miller, I. Morino, V. Natraj, J. Notholt, D. O'Brien, F. Oyafuso, I. Polonsky, J. Robinson, R. Salawitch, V. Sherlock, M. Smyth, H. Suto, T. Taylor, D. R. Thompson, P. O. Wennberg, D. Wunch, and Y. L. Yung, The ACOS XCO2 retrieval algorithm, Part 2: Global XCO2 data characterization, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 5(4), 687-707, doi:10.5194/amt-5-687-2012, 2012

O'Dell, C. W., Connor, B., Bösch, H., O'Brien, D., Frankenberg, C., Castano, R., Christi, M., Crisp, D., Eldering, A., Fisher, B., Gunson, M., McDuffie, J., Miller, C. E., Natraj, V., Oyafuso, F., Polonsky, I., Smyth, M., Taylor, T., Toon, G. C., Wennberg, P. O., and Wunch, D.: The ACOS CO2 retrieval algorithm – Part 1: Description and validation against synthetic observations, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 5, 99-121, doi:10.5194/amt-5-99-2012, 2012

Palmer, P. I., Feng, L., and Bösch, H.: Spatial resolution of tropical terrestrial CO2 fluxes inferred using space-borne column CO2 sampled in different earth orbits: the role of spatial error correlations, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 4, 1995-2006, doi:10.5194/amt-4-1995-2011, 2011

Parker, R., Boesch, H. Cogan, A., Fraser, A., Feng, L., Palmer, P., Messerschmidt, J., Deutscher, N. Griffith, D., Notholt, J., Wennberg, P., and Wunch, W., Methane observations from the Greenhouse Gases Observing SATellite: Comparison to ground-based TCCON data and model calculations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L15807, doi:10.1029/2011GL047871, 2011

Boesch, H., D. Baker, B. Connor, D. Crisp and C. Miller, Global Characterization of CO2 Column Retrievals from Shortwave-Infrared Satellite Observations of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Mission, Remote Sens., 3(2), 270-304, 2011

Illingworth, S. M., Remedios, J. J., Boesch, H., Ho, S.-P., Edwards, D. P., Palmer, P. I., and Gonzi, S.: A comparison of OEM CO retrievals from the IASI and MOPITT instruments, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 4, 775-793, doi:10.5194/amt-4-775-2011, 2011

Illingworth, S. M., Remedios, J. J., Boesch, H., Moore, D. P., Sembhi, H., Dudhia, A., and Walker, J. C.: ULIRS, an optimal estimation retrieval scheme for carbon monoxide using IASI spectral radiances: sensitivity analysis, error budget and simulations, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 4, 269-288, doi:10.5194/amt-4-269-2011

A full list of publications is available in PDF format by clicking here



Links to related work


Orbiting Carbon Observatory

Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT)

SCIAMACHY CO2 Retrievals (at University of Leicester)


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