Articles | Volume 9, issue 5
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 2207–2221, 2016
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 2207–2221, 2016

Review article 18 May 2016

Review article | 18 May 2016

A review of sources of systematic errors and uncertainties in observations and simulations at 183 GHz

Hélène Brogniez et al.

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Because a systematic difference between measurements of water vapor performed by space-borne observing instruments in the microwave spectral domain and their numerical modeling was recently highlighted, this work discusses and gives an overview of the various errors and uncertainties associated with each element in the comparison process. Indeed, the knowledge of absolute errors in any observation of the climate system is key, more specifically because we need to detect small changes.