L. Froidevaux, et al.
Early validation analyses of atmospheric profiles from EOS MLS on the aura Satellite
IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 44(5), 1106-1121, 2006; doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2006.864366
O3 H2O HNO3 CO HDO 18OO2 O18OO O17OO H217O 13CO C18O C17O H218O
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We present results of early validation studies using retrieved atmospheric profiles from the Earth Observing System Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) instrument on the Aura satellite. "Global" results are presented for MLS measurements of atmospheric temperature, ozone, water vapor, hydrogen chloride, nitrous oxide, nitric acid, and carbon monoxide, with a focus on the January-March 2005 time period. These global comparisons are made using long-standing global satellites and meteorological datasets, as well as some measurements from more recently launched satellites. Comparisons of MLS data with measurements from the Ft. Sumner, NM, September 2004 balloon flights are also presented. Overall, good agreement is obtained, often within 5% to 10%, but we point out certain issues to resolve and some larger systematic differences; some artifacts in the first publicly released MLS (version 1.5) dataset are noted. We comment briefly on future plans for validation and software improvements.


  author = "L. Froidevaux and N. J. Livesey and W. G. Read and Y. B. Jiang and C. Jimenez and M. J. Filipiak and M. J. Schwartz and M. L. Santee and H. C. Pumphrey and J. H. Jiang and D. L. Wu and G. L. Manney and B. J. Drouin and J. W. Waters and E. J. Fetzer and P. F. Bernath and C. D. Boone and K. A. Walker and K. W. Jucks and G. C. Toon and J. J. Margitan and B. Sen and C. R. Webster and L. E. Christensen and J. W. Elkins and E. Atlas and R. A. Lueb and R. Hendershot",
  title = "Early validation analyses of atmospheric profiles from EOS MLS on the aura Satellite",
  year = 2006,
  journal = "IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing",
  volume = 44,
  number = 5,
  pages = "1106-1121",
  month = "May",
  keywords = "O3, H2O, HNO3, CO, HDO, 18OO2, O18OO, O17OO, H217O, 13CO, C18O, C17O, H218O",
  doi = "10.1109/TGRS.2006.864366"
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