29 December 2008 Validation of COSMIC RO profiles with radiosonde soundings
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Proceedings Volume 7285, International Conference on Earth Observation Data Processing and Analysis (ICEODPA); 72851X (2008) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.816351
Event: International Conference on Earth Observation Data Processing and Analysis, 2008, Wuhan, China
Abstract
In this paper, atmospheric profiles of refractivity, pressure and temperature derived from the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate (COSMIC) radio occultation (RO) mission are compared statistically with collocated high-vertical-resolution soundings of 38 radiosonde stations distributed over Australia and the Antarctica during the period from July 15, 2006 to April 30, 2008. Refractivity comparison results show that through 0~30 km, the mean absolute fractional refractivity differences are less than 0.5%, but the refractivity standard deviations vary greatly. The smallest refractivity standard deviation of less than 1% is got at about 10km and the largest standard deviations are found below 5km. It is shown in the pressure comparison results that the mean absolute fractional pressure differences are generally less than 0.5% between 5 km and 25 km. Below 5 km, the mean absolute fractional pressure differences increase to be about 2%. Temperature comparison results show that the mean absolute temperature differences are generally less than 1K and the standard deviations generally less than 2K in the middle to upper atmosphere. In the lower troposphere, the temperature standard deviation increases to be larger than 2.5K. It can be concluded that the precision of GPS RO data from COSMIC are equivalent to radiosonde data in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere. Being able to complement radiosonde network over the oceans and polar regions, GPS RO data are of great value for climate monitoring.
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Xiaohua Xu, Xiaohua Xu, Jia Luo, Jia Luo, } "Validation of COSMIC RO profiles with radiosonde soundings", Proc. SPIE 7285, International Conference on Earth Observation Data Processing and Analysis (ICEODPA), 72851X (29 December 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.816351; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.816351
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