Articles | Volume 18, issue 22
Research article
27 Nov 2018
Research article |  | 27 Nov 2018

Intercomparison of midlatitude tropospheric and lower-stratospheric water vapor measurements and comparison to ECMWF humidity data

Stefan Kaufmann, Christiane Voigt, Romy Heller, Tina Jurkat-Witschas, Martina Krämer, Christian Rolf, Martin Zöger, Andreas Giez, Bernhard Buchholz, Volker Ebert, Troy Thornberry, and Ulrich Schumann


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AR by Stefan Kaufmann on behalf of the Authors (11 Oct 2018)
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (18 Oct 2018) by Darrel Baumgardner
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (05 Nov 2018)
ED: Publish as is (06 Nov 2018) by Darrel Baumgardner
AR by Stefan Kaufmann on behalf of the Authors (12 Nov 2018)
Short summary
We present an intercomparison of the airborne water vapor measurements during the ML-CIRRUS mission. Although the agreement of the hygrometers significantly improved compared to studies from recent decades, systematic differences remain under specific meteorological conditions. We compare the measurements to model data, where we observe a model wet bias in the lower stratosphere close to the tropopause, likely caused by a blurred humidity gradient in the model tropopause.
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