Articles | Volume 10, issue 12
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 4845–4863, 2017

Special issue: Observing Atmosphere and Climate with Occultation Techniques...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 4845–4863, 2017

Research article 13 Dec 2017

Research article | 13 Dec 2017

Quality aspects of the Wegener Center multi-satellite GPS radio occultation record OPSv5.6

Barbara Angerer et al.

Data sets

Atmospheric excess phase and orbit data UCAR/CDAAC http://cdaac-www.

ECMWF analyses and short-range forecasts ECMWF

Short summary
We present a detailed analysis of the latest Wegener Center GPS radio occultation reprocessing (OPSv5.6) output. Knowledge of differences in data quality, as well as of data consistency, is essential when combining data from different missions to a long-term climate record. We compare quality aspects of the various processed satellite missions and present satellite-dependent variations. Temperature data from various satellites are found to be highly consistent within 8 to 25 km.