Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 1191–1203, 2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 1191–1203, 2021

Research article 15 Feb 2021

Research article | 15 Feb 2021

Improvement in tropospheric moisture retrievals from VIIRS through the use of infrared absorption bands constructed from VIIRS and CrIS data fusion

E. Eva Borbas et al.

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As the VIIRS satellite sensor has no infrared (IR) H2O absorption bands, we construct the missing bands through the fusion of imager (VIIRS) and sounder (CrIS) data in an attempt to improve derivation of moisture products. This study clearly demonstrates the positive impact by adding fusion IR absorption spectral bands and the potential for continuing the moisture record from MODIS and the previous generations of polar-orbiting satellite sensors.