Articles | Volume 10, issue 10
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 3947–3961, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-3947-2017
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 3947–3961, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-3947-2017

Research article 25 Oct 2017

Research article | 25 Oct 2017

Long-term observations minus background monitoring of ground-based brightness temperatures from a microwave radiometer network

Francesco De Angelis et al.

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Modern data assimilation systems require knowledge of the typical differences between observations and model background (O–B). This work illustrates a 1-year O–B analysis for ground-based microwave radiometer (MWR) observations in clear-sky conditions for a prototype network of six MWRs in Europe. Observations are MWR brightness temperatures (TB). Background profiles extracted from the output of a convective-scale model are used to simulate TB through the radiative transfer model RTTOV-gb.