Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 2129–2138, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-2129-2019
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 2129–2138, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-2129-2019

Research article 08 Apr 2019

Research article | 08 Apr 2019

Sampling bias adjustment for sparsely sampled satellite measurements applied to ACE-FTS carbonyl sulfide observations

Corinna Kloss et al.

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Short summary
Are regional and seasonal averages from only a few satellite measurements, all aligned along a specific path, representative? Probably not. We present a method to adjust for the so-called sampling bias and investigate its influence on derived long-term trends. The method is illustrated and validated for a long-lived trace gas (carbonyl sulfide), and it is shown that the influence of the sampling bias is too small to change scientific conclusions on long-term trends.