Articles | Volume 13, issue 9
Research article
31 Aug 2020
Research article |  | 31 Aug 2020

Establishment of AIRS climate-level radiometric stability using radiance anomaly retrievals of minor gases and sea surface temperature

L. Larrabee Strow and Sergio DeSouza-Machado


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AR by Larrabee Strow on behalf of the Authors (05 Jun 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (15 Jun 2020) by Thomas Wagner
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (17 Jun 2020)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (29 Jun 2020)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (15 Jul 2020) by Thomas Wagner
AR by Larrabee Strow on behalf of the Authors (20 Jul 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
The NASA AIRS satellite instrument has measured the infrared emission of the Earth continuously since 2002. If AIRS measurements are stable, these radiances can provide globally consistent multi-decadal trends of important climate variables, including the Earth's surface temperature, and the atmospheric temperature and humidity vs. height. Using the sensitivity of the AIRS radiances to well-known carbon dioxide trends, we show that AIRS is stable to 0.02 K per decade, well below climate trends.