Articles | Volume 15, issue 1
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-117-2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-117-2022
Research article
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05 Jan 2022
Research article |  | 05 Jan 2022

New sampling strategy mitigates a solar-geometry-induced bias in sub-kilometre vapour scaling statistics derived from imaging spectroscopy

Mark T. Richardson, David R. Thompson, Marcin J. Kurowski, and Matthew D. Lebsock

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Sunlight can pass diagonally through the atmosphere, cutting through the 3-D water vapour field in a way that smears 2-D maps of imaging spectroscopy vapour retrievals. In simulations we show how this smearing is towards or away from the Sun, so calculating across the solar direction allows sub-kilometre information about water vapour's spatial scaling to be calculated. This could be tested by airborne campaigns and used to obtain new information from upcoming spaceborne data products.