Articles | Volume 14, issue 3
Research article
19 Mar 2021
Research article |  | 19 Mar 2021

Residual temperature bias effects in stratospheric species distributions from LIMS

Ellis Remsberg, V. Lynn Harvey, Arlin Krueger, and Murali Natarajan

Data sets

LIMS/Nimbus-7 Level 2 Vertical Profiles of O3, NO2, H2O, HNO3, Geopotential Height, and Temperature V006 E. Remsberg

LIMS/Nimbus-7 Level 3 Daily 2 deg Latitude Zonal Fourier Coefficients of O3, NO2, H2O, HNO3, Geopotential Height, and Temperature V006 E. Remsberg et al.

Rocketsonde ozone data, Meteorological Service of Canada World Ozone and Ultraviolet Radiation Data Centre (WOUDC)

SPARC Data Initiative monthly zonal mean composition measurements from stratospheric limb sounders (1978--2018) M. I. Hegglin, S. Tegtmeier, J. Anderson, A. E. Bourassa, S. Brohede, D. Degenstein, L. Froidevaux, B. Funke, J. Gille, Y. Kasai, E. Kyrölä, J. Lumpe, D. Murtagh, J. L. Neu, K. Pérot, E. Remsberg, A. Rozanov, M. Toohey, T. von Clarmann, K. A. Walker, H. J. Wang, R. Damadeo, R. Fuller, G. Lingenfelser, C. Roth, N. J. Ryan, C. Sioris, L. Smith, and K. Weigel

Short summary
The LIMS satellite instrument operated in 1978/1979 and provided profiles of temperature (T) and four key species. LIMS viewed the atmosphere in opposite directions on its ascending (A) vs. descending (D) orbital segments. We find that (A-D) diagnostic plots of the species contain residual T biases that are a problem for assimilation of profiles in re-analyses. Even so, the combined data yield fields of O3 and H2O that agree well with that of the dynamical tracer, potential vorticity.