Articles | Volume 11, issue 3
Research article
29 Mar 2018
Research article |  | 29 Mar 2018

Uncertainty characterization of HOAPS 3.3 latent heat-flux-related parameters

Julian Liman, Marc Schröder, Karsten Fennig, Axel Andersson, and Rainer Hollmann

Data sets

Hamburg Ocean Atmosphere Parameters and Fluxes from Satellite Data – HOAPS 3.2 – Monthly Means/6-Hourly Composites K. Fennig, A. Andersson, S. Bakan, C. Klepp, and M. Schröder

Fundamental climate data record of SSM/I brightness temperatures K. Fennig, A. Andersson, S. Bakan, and M. Schröder

Short summary
Latent heat fluxes (LHF) play a major role in the climate system. Over open ocean, they are increasingly observed by satellite instruments. To access their quality, this research focuses on thorough uncertainty analysis of all LHF-related variables of the HOAPS satellite climatology, in parts making use of novel analysis approaches. Results indicate climatological LHF uncertainies up to 50 W m−2, whereby underlying specific humidities tend to be more uncertain than contributing wind speeds.