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Accomplishments of the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) and the need for higher spatial resolution in the future
Author(s): Thomas S. Pagano; Moustafa T. Chahine; Hartmut H. Aumann; E. Fetzer; S. Broberg
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Paper Abstract

The wide range of products available from AIRS have made it invaluable as a tool for operational weather forecasting and climate modeling. AIRS has improved the 5 day forecast by 6 hours in the NCEP operational system and researchers have identified further improvement potential by assimilation of more channels and footprints. AIRS data have been used to validate the distribution and transport of water vapor and greenhouse gases in climate models, resulting in the identification of significant errors in the handling of these quantities. We present the AIRS Version 5 products and their accuracies and reference key papers involving their use. We also touch briefly on the limitations of AIRS due to its coarse spatial resolution, particularly in achieving boundary layer sensitivity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 2007
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6745, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XII, 674504 (25 October 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.738095
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas S. Pagano, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Moustafa T. Chahine, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Hartmut H. Aumann, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
E. Fetzer, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
S. Broberg, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6745:
Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XII
Adolfo Comerón; Richard H. Picard; Klaus Schäfer; James R. Slusser; Aldo Amodeo, Editor(s)

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