GLORIA-BB - Two Blackbodies for Infrared Interferometer Calibration

Gimballed Limb Observer for Radiance Imaging of the Atmosphere

GLORIA (Gimballed Limb Observer for Radiance Imaging of the Atmosphere) is a joint project of Research Center Juelich and Karlsruher Institute of Technology, Germany in cooperation with the Institute for Atmospheric and Environmental Research at the University of Wuppertal.

GLORIA is an airborne imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS) deployed in the belly pod of the new research aircraft HALO. as well as on board the high-flying Russian research plane M55-Geophysica. The instrument provides detailed pictures of spatial structures in the Upper Troposphere/Lower Stratosphere (UTLS) region, which plays a crucial role in the climate system.

Trace gas distributions and dynamical processes are observed by GLORIA with an unprecedented spatial resolution. To achieve its objectives, GLORIA uses a two-dimensional detector array for detailed infrared limb observations in emission. The detector array consists of 128 x 128 single detectors providing over 16000 simultaneous limb views. Moderate spectral resolution is achieved by utilization of a Michelson FTS, which allows for measurements of atmospheric temperature fields, cloud parameters, aerosols, water vapor, ozone, and about ten other trace species.

Research aircraft HALO

GLORIA mounted in the belly-pod of HALO

Design of the GLORIA instrument


GLORIA in Geophysica (Kiruna 2011)

GLORIA participated in the EssenCe Campaign in Dec 2011