Articles | Volume 14, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 4829–4856, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-4829-2021

Special issue: Arctic mixed-phase clouds as studied during the ACLOUD/PASCAL...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 4829–4856, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-4829-2021

Research article 09 Jul 2021

Research article | 09 Jul 2021

A systematic assessment of water vapor products in the Arctic: from instantaneous measurements to monthly means

Susanne Crewell et al.

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Water vapor (WV) is an important variable in the climate system. Satellite measurements are thus crucial to characterize the spatial and temporal variability in WV and how it changed over time. In particular with respect to the observed strong Arctic warming, the role of WV still needs to be better understood. However, as shown in this paper, a detailed understanding is still hampered by large uncertainties in the various satellite WV products, showing the need for improved methods to derive WV.