Articles | Volume 16, issue 13
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 8331–8339, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-8331-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 8331–8339, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-8331-2016

Research article 11 Jul 2016

Research article | 11 Jul 2016

Representativeness of total column water vapour retrievals from instruments on polar orbiting satellites

Hannes Diedrich et al.

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National Center for Atmospheric Research, U. C. f. A. R., NCAR Global, 2-hourly Ground-Based GPS Precipitable Water Earth Observing~Laboratory http://rda.ucar.edu/datasets/ds721.1/

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As water vapour is the most important greenhouse gas, the remote sensing of total column water vapour (TCWV) is an important part of climate research. The remote sensing from polar orbiting, sun-synchronous satellites has some limitations. This study investigates the representativeness of observations from space regarding these limitations. The mean daily variability of the diurnal cycle of TCWV was quantified using a water vapour data set from ground-based observations.
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