12 August 2009 Climate change and sounder radiometric stability
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Satellite instrument radiometric stability is critical for climate studies. The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) radiances are of sufficient stability and accuracy to serve as a climate data record as evidenced by comparisons with the global network of buoys. In this paper we examine the sensitivity of derived geophysical products to potential instrument radiometric stability issues due to diurnal, orbital and seasonal variations. Our method is to perturb the AIRS radiances and examine the impact to retrieved parameters. Results show that instability in retrieved temperature products will be on the same order of the brightness temperature error in the radiances and follow the same time dependences. AIRS excellent stability makes it ideal for examining impacts of instabilities of future systems on geophysical parameter performance.
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Thomas S. Pagano, Thomas S. Pagano, Hartmut H. Aumann, Hartmut H. Aumann, Evan Manning, Evan Manning, } "Climate change and sounder radiometric stability", Proc. SPIE 7456, Atmospheric and Environmental Remote Sensing Data Processing and Utilization V: Readiness for GEOSS III, 745602 (12 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826994; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.826994

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