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Science highlights and lessons learned from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS)
Author(s): Thomas S. Pagano; Eric J. Fetzer; Jarrod Suda; Steve Licata
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Paper Abstract

The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) and companion instrument, the Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit (AMSU) on the NASA Earth Observing System Aqua spacecraft are facility instruments designed to support measurements of atmospheric temperature, water vapor and a wide range of atmospheric constituents in support of weather forecasting and scientific research in climate and atmospheric chemistry. This paper is an update to the science highlights from a paper by the authors released last year and also looks back at the lessons learned and future needs of the scientific community. These lessons not only include requirements on the measurements, but scientific shortfalls as well. Results from the NASA Science Community Workshop in IR and MW Sounders relating to AIRS and AMSU requirements and concerns are covered and reflect much of what has been learned and what is needed for future atmospheric sounding from Low Earth Orbit.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8153, Earth Observing Systems XVI, 815302 (14 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.892805
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas S. Pagano, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Eric J. Fetzer, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jarrod Suda, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Steve Licata, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8153:
Earth Observing Systems XVI
James J. Butler; Xiaoxiong Xiong; Xingfa Gu, Editor(s)

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