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Volume 11, issue 9 | Copyright

Special issue: Towards Unified Error Reporting (TUNER)

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 4981-5006, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-4981-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
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Research article 04 Sep 2018

Research article | 04 Sep 2018

Evaluation of MUSICA IASI tropospheric water vapour profiles using theoretical error assessments and comparisons to GRUAN Vaisala RS92 measurements

Christian Borger et al.
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In this paper MUSICA IASI tropospheric water vapour profile retrievals are evaluated by performing theoretical error assessments and comparisons to GRUAN radiosonde measurements. We show that the vertical water vapour distribution is well captured from 1 km above the ground up to the tropopause. Largest error sources are unrecognized clouds and uncertainties in atmospheric temperature, which can reach about 25 %.
In this paper MUSICA IASI tropospheric water vapour profile retrievals are evaluated by...
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