Articles | Volume 13, issue 11
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 6007–6024, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-6007-2020

Special issue: Aeolus data and their application (AMT/ACP/WCD inter-journal...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 6007–6024, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-6007-2020
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11 Nov 2020
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Validation of Aeolus wind products above the Atlantic Ocean

Holger Baars et al.

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Radiosonde measurements during POLARSTERN cruise PS116 Holger Schmithüsen https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.903888

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A first validation for the European satellite Aeolus is presented. Aeolus is the first satellite that can actively measure horizontal wind profiles from space. Radiosonde launches on board the German research vessel Polarstern have been utilized to validate Aeolus observations over the Atlantic Ocean, a region where almost no other reference measurements are available. It is shown that Aeolus is able to measure accurately atmospheric winds and thus may significantly improve weather forecasts.