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ACP | Articles | Volume 18, issue 20
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 15231–15259, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-15231-2018
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 15231–15259, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-15231-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
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Research article 23 Oct 2018

Research article | 23 Oct 2018

Uncertainty of atmospheric microwave absorption model: impact on ground-based radiometer simulations and retrievals

Domenico Cimini et al.

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The paper presents a general approach to quantify the uncertainty related to atmospheric absorption models. These models describe how the atmosphere interacts with radiation, and they have general implications for atmospheric sciences. The presented approach contributes to a better understanding of the total uncertainty affecting atmospheric radiative properties, thus reducing the chances of systematic errors when observations are exploited for weather forecast or climate trend derivations.
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