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Assessing the skill of AIRS to derive upper tropospheric humidity by comparison with in-situ measurements
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Paper Abstract

Understanding upper troposphere humidity is important in the context of radiative forcing and climate. We present a detailed statistic comparison of upper troposphere water vapor retrieval profiles derived from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) and in-situ measurements. The in-situ measurements are based on a recently compiled database of "best estimate" atmospheric state profiles, obtained from a careful selection of RS-90 radiosondes at Department of Energy Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) sites, during AIRS overpasses. The aim of this research is to improve the skill and accuracy of the retrieval algorithms in order to understand and quantify the biases between AIRS and RS-90 radiosondes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 August 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5890, Atmospheric and Environmental Remote Sensing Data Processing and Utilization: Numerical Atmospheric Prediction and Environmental Monitoring, 58901B (29 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.620139
Show Author Affiliations
Antonia Gambacorta, Univ. of Maryland/Baltimore County (United States)
Christopher D. Barnet, NOAA/NESDIS (United States)
David C. Tobin, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)
D. N. Whiteman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Larrabee L. Strow, Univ. of Maryland/Baltimore County (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5890:
Atmospheric and Environmental Remote Sensing Data Processing and Utilization: Numerical Atmospheric Prediction and Environmental Monitoring
Hung-Lung Allen Huang; Hal J. Bloom; Xiaofeng Xu; Gerald J. Dittberner, Editor(s)

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