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AMT | Articles | Volume 11, issue 2
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 939–948, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-939-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 939–948, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-939-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 16 Feb 2018

Research article | 16 Feb 2018

Intercalibration between HIRS/2 and HIRS/3 channel 12 based on physical considerations

Klaus Gierens et al.

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HIRS channel 12 on the series of NOAA weathersatellites is sensitive to humidity in the upper troposphere. A change in its central wavelength between NOAA 14 and 15 made it necessary to perform an intercalibration to retain a homogeneous time series. Here we show that the intercalibration of Shi and Bates (2011), which is based on statistical methods, can be underpinned by physical arguments using results of radiative transfer calculations.
HIRS channel 12 on the series of NOAA weathersatellites is sensitive to humidity in the upper...
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