567 NOAA PROducts Validation System (NPROVS) status and integration into next generation NPP/JPSS

Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Washington State Convention Center
Anthony L. Reale, NOAA/NESDIS, College Park, MD; and B. Sun

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NOAA/NESDIS) produces global temperature and moisture sounding products from operational polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites. Within the NESDIS Office of SaTellite Applications and Research (STAR), the NOAA PROducts Validation System (NPROVS) now provides a centralized, integrated real-time monitoring and validation function for inter-comparing these products against collocated radiosonde, dropsonde and numerical weather prediction (NWP) forecast data. The satellite product suites compared include Advanced-TOVS (ATOVS), Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS), Microwave Integrated Retrieval System (MIRS), GOES, Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) and Constellation Observing System for Meteorology Ionosphere and Climate (COSMIC) Global Positioning System Radio Occultation (GPSRO) derived sounding products.

The following report presents results comparing ATOVS, MIRS, GOES, IASI, AIRS and COSMIC atmospheric sounding products using collocated radiosonde, NWP and respective satellite product observations routinely compiled by NPROVS. Special aspects of these results are presented, including impacts due to satellite and radiosonde quality control, spatial and temporal windows, clouds and terrain. Results include relatively short term (weekly) vertical statistics and longer term (monthly, seasonal and annual) trend analysis. Special case observations and respective product performance, for example, profiles containing temperature inversions and/or complex vertical moisture structures are also presented. Results using research observations integrated into NPROVS, including Atlantic Aerosol and Ocean Science Expeditions (AEROSE), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation (CIMO) Radiosonde Inter-comparison China 2010 and radiosondes from selected Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Reference Upper Air Network (GRUAN) sites are included as available.

The above work is supported by the NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) in conjunction with CrIS/ATMS Cal/Val team activities in preparation for NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) products in 2011. NPROVS integration into the ongoing JPSS Cal/Val program activities at STAR and NOAA Integrated Program Office (IPO) Government Resources for Algorithm Verification Independent Testing and Evaluation (GRAVITE) and available results comparing Environmental Data Records (EDR) sounding products generated from “PROXY” Crosstrack Infrared Sounder (CrIS) /Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) Sensor Data Records (SDR) conclude this report.

The contents of this report do not necessarily reflect any position of the United States government or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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