14th Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography


Remote sounding of the temperature and water vapor structure of the July, 2005 SAL event


Edward T. Olsen, NASA/JPL and California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA; and S. L. Granger and S. Y. Lee

The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) consists of a suite of instruments on board the Aqua spacecraft which retrieve the atmospheric temperature profile and precipitable water vapor profile at radiosonde quality on a daily basis in non-precipitating fields of view with less than 80% cloud cover.

The spatial resolution of retrievals at nadir is 45 km. The vertical resolution in the troposphere is nominally 2 km for precipitable water vapor and 1 km for temperature.

We will present an analysis of the three-dimensional temperature and water vapor structure of the Saharan Air Layer event of July, 2005 as it propagated across the Atlantic.

Session 2, Retrievals and Cloud Products 2
Monday, 30 January 2006, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM, A305

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