11th Conference on Atmospheric Radiation and the 11th Conference on Cloud Physics

Friday, 7 June 2002: 10:45 AM
Analysis of the High-pectral resolution Infrared Sounder (HIS) Radiances Collected as part of the FIRE Program
Steven Ackerman, CIMSS/Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; and H. Revercomb, R. O. Knuteson, and P. Antonelli
The High-resolution Inteferometer Sounder (HIS) has successfully participated in a number of field experiments, including FIRE Phase I, FIRE Phase II, SUCCESS, and FIRE-ACE. These experiments have demonstrated the capability of the HIS to accurately measure the emission spectrum of the earth-atmosphere system. This paper will demonstrate the application and results of these measurements to address cloud retrieval issues.

The HIS makes accurate radiometric measurements (absolute error <1K) with a reproducibility of 0.1K (a detailed description of the instrument can be found in Revercomb et. al. 1988), observing the upwelling radiance at sufficiently high resolution to identify individual absorption lines. This unique capability has resulted in the HIS measurements playing a central role in verifying and improving clear-sky line-by-line radiative transfer models. The HIS data, in conjunction with other observations made during these experiments provides a unique and important data set for clouds retrieval studies. HIS observations have been extensively used to develop methods of retrieving atmospheric temperature and moisture profiles and cloud properties. This paper will summarize that work and compare observations of cloud properties from the different FIRE experiments.

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