92nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (January 22-26, 2012)

Tuesday, 24 January 2012: 11:15 AM
NPP Atms Performance Assessment and Sensor Data Record Validation
Room 257 (New Orleans Convention Center )
William J. Blackwell, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, MA; and C. F. Cull, R. V. Leslie, I. A. Osaretin, L. Chidester, T. Mo, E. J. Kim, and J. Lyu

A suite of sensors scheduled to fly onboard the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite in 2011 will continue the Sensor Data Records (SDRs) provided by operational and research missions over the last 40 years. The Cross-track Infrared and Microwave Sounding Suite (CrIMSS), consisting of the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) and the first space-based, Nyquist-sampled cross-track microwave sounder, the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS), will provide atmospheric vertical profile information to improve numerical weather and climate modeling. The ability of ATMS to sense temperature and moisture profile information in the presence of non-precipitating clouds complements the high vertical resolution of CrIS. Furthermore, the ability of ATMS to sense scattering of cold cosmic background radiance from the tops of precipitating clouds allows the retrieval of precipitation intensities with useful accuracies over most surface conditions. This paper presents several assessments of the performance of ATMS and the geophysical quantities that are to be derived using ATMS measurements. Pre-launch testing of ATMS has characterized the principal calibration parameters and has enabled predictions of on-orbit performance with high levels of confidence. Also discussed is the planned on-orbit characterization of ATMS, which will further improve both the measurement quality and the understanding of various error contributions. This paper is organized as follows. An overview is given of the prelaunch radiometric calibration of ATMS. Key calibration parameters are discussed and plans for on-orbit characterization of ATMS to further improve SDR performance are presented.

This work was sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under Air Force contract FA8721-05-C-0002. Opinions, interpretations, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the authors and not necessarily endorsed by the United States Government.

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