Articles | Volume 16, issue 13
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, Falco Wittchen, René Preusker, and Jürgen Fischer

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Cited articles

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Carbajal Henken, C. K., Diedrich, H., Preusker, R., and Fischer, J.: MERIS full-resolution total column water vapor: observing horizontal convective rolls, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 10074–10081,, 2015.
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Diedrich, H., Preusker, R., Lindstrot, R., and Fischer, J.: Quantification of uncertainties of water vapour column retrievals using future instruments, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 6, 359–370,, 2013.
Short summary
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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