Original paper

Tropospheric water and temperature retrieval for ASMUWARA

Martin, Lorenz; Schneebeli, Marc; Mätzler, Christian

Meteorologische Zeitschrift Vol. 15 No. 1 (2006), p. 37 - 44

published: Feb 27, 2006

DOI: 10.1127/0941-2948/2006/0093

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The retrieval of tropospheric water and temperature with the ground-based and automatically operating radiometer system ASMUWARA (All-Sky MUlti WAvelength RAdiometer) is described. This instrument operates simultaneously at microwave and IR channels. Integrated water vapour (IWV) and integrated liquid water (ILW) are retrieved with a newly developed linear algorithm to an accuracy of 0.014 kgm−2 (ILW) and 0.41 kgm−2 (IWV), thanks to the inclusion of a channel at 151 GHz. These measurements are made for the whole hemisphere and therefore provide information about the spatial distribution of water in the troposphere. With an optimal estimation algorithm, tropospheric temperature and humidity profiles are retrieved. The results are quasi bias free with a mean error of less than 2.5 K for the temperature (less than 1 K in the lowest km above ground), and less than 1 gm−3 for the humidity. Examples of all measurements are shown.