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Volume 9, issue 9
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 4447–4457, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-4447-2016
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Special issue: Water vapour in the upper troposphere and middle atmosphere:...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 4447–4457, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-4447-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 08 Sep 2016

Research article | 08 Sep 2016

Recent divergences in stratospheric water vapor measurements by frost point hygrometers and the Aura Microwave Limb Sounder

Dale F. Hurst et al.
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This study compares stratospheric water vapor measurements by the Aura Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) and balloon-borne frost point hygrometers (FPs) at five sites that launch two different types of FPs. The results demonstrate that FP and MLS measurements have been diverging at statistically significant rates of 0.6 to 1.5 % per year since approximately 2010. Similarities in the divergences at different sites suggest a positive drift in MLS retrievals since approximately 2010.
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