Articles | Volume 18, issue 18
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 13703–13731, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-13703-2018

Special issue: The SPARC Reanalysis Intercomparison Project (S-RIP) (ACP/ESSD...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 13703–13731, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-13703-2018

Research article 27 Sep 2018

Research article | 27 Sep 2018

How well do stratospheric reanalyses reproduce high-resolution satellite temperature measurements?

Corwin J. Wright and Neil P. Hindley

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Reanalyses (RAs) are models which assimilate observations and are widely used as proxies for the true atmospheric state. Here, we resample six leading RAs using the weighting functions of four high-res satellite instruments, allowing a like-for-like comparison. We find that the RAs generally reproduce the satellite data well, except at high altitudes and in the tropics. However, we also find that the RAs more tightly correlate with each other than with observations, even those they assimilate.
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