Articles | Volume 13, issue 11
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11 Nov 2020
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 11 Nov 2020

Validation of Aeolus wind products above the Atlantic Ocean

Holger Baars, Alina Herzog, Birgit Heese, Kevin Ohneiser, Karsten Hanbuch, Julian Hofer, Zhenping Yin, Ronny Engelmann, and Ulla Wandinger


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AR by Holger Baars on behalf of the Authors (31 Jul 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (10 Aug 2020) by Ad Stoffelen
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (27 Aug 2020)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (27 Aug 2020)
ED: Publish as is (09 Sep 2020) by Ad Stoffelen
Short summary
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.