Articles | Volume 11, issue 4
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-2067-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-2067-2018
Research article
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11 Apr 2018
Research article |  | 11 Apr 2018

Retrieval of total water vapour in the Arctic using microwave humidity sounders

Raul Cristian Scarlat, Christian Melsheimer, and Georg Heygster

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An obstacle in achieving reliable satellite measurements of atmospheric water vapour in the Arctic is the presence of sea ice. Here we have built on a previous method that achieves consistent atmospheric measurements over sea-ice-covered regions. The main focus was to adapt the method for better coverage in shallow-ice-covered and ice-free areas by accounting for the signal from the open-ocean surface. This approach extends the coverage from the central Arctic to the entire Arctic region.