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13 September 2011 Science highlights and lessons learned from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS)
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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.
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Thomas S. Pagano, Eric J. Fetzer, Jarrod Suda, and Steve Licata "Science highlights and lessons learned from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS)", Proc. SPIE 8153, Earth Observing Systems XVI, 815302 (13 September 2011); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.892805
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