8 December 2006 Toward a long-term homogenized UTH data set derived from satellite microwave measurements
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This article presents some ideas and issues related to the creation of a long-term upper tropospheric humidity (UTH) data set using satellite based microwave measurements. Polar orbiting satellites have been measuring UTH for more than a decade now. There are three microwave instruments which can measure UTH from Space: Special Sensor Microwave/Temperature-2 (SSM/T2), Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-B (AMSU-B), and Microwave Humidity Sounder (MHS). These instruments have channels at 183.31±1.00GHz which are sensitive to UTH. Retrieval of UTH and cloud issues are discussed in detail. Advantage of microwave measurements of UTH over infrared measurements are demonstrated. Preliminary results on the inter-calibration of these instruments are also shown.
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V. O. John, V. O. John, S. A. Buehler, S. A. Buehler, M. Kuvatov, M. Kuvatov, B. J. Soden, B. J. Soden, T. R. Sreerekha, T. R. Sreerekha, "Toward a long-term homogenized UTH data set derived from satellite microwave measurements", Proc. SPIE 6410, Microwave Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Environment V, 64100K (8 December 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.694305; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.694305
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