Received: 07 May 2019 – Discussion started: 05 Jun 2019
Abstract. Skin temperature (Tskin) derived from infrared sensors on board satellites provides a continuous view of Earth’s surface day and night and allows for the monitoring of global temperature changes relevant for climate trends. Tskin from the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) has not been properly exploited to date to assess its long-term spatio-temporal variability and no current homogenous Tskin record from IASI exists. In this study, we present a fast retrieval method of Tskin based on an artificial neural network from a set of IASI channels selected using the information theory/entropy reduction technique. We compare and validate our IASI Tskin product with that from EUMETSAT Level 2, ECMWF Reanalysis ERA5, SEVIRI land-surface temperature products, as well as ground measurements. Our results show good correlation between the IASI neural network product and the datasets used for validation, with a standard deviation between 1 and 4 °C. This method can be applied to other infrared measurements, and allows for the construction of a robust Tskin dataset, making it suitable for trend analysis.
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How to cite. Safieddine, S., Parracho, A. C., George, M., Aires, F., Pellet, V., Clarisse, L., Whitburn, S., Lezeaux, O., Thepaut, J.-N., Hersbach, H., Radnoti, G., Goettsche, F., Martin, M., Doutriaux Boucher, M., Coppens, D., August, T., and Clerbaux, C.: Skin temperature from the Thermal Infrared Sounder IASI, Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss. [preprint], https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2019-185, 2019.
Skin temperature is one of the essential climate variables (ECVs), and is relevant for the current and future understanding of our climate. This work presents a method to retrieve skin temperature from the thermal infrared sounder IASI that provides a global observation of Earth’s surface and atmosphere twice a day. With this method, the first consistent long-term [2007-present] skin temperature record from IASI can be constructed.
Skin temperature is one of the essential climate variables (ECVs), and is relevant for the...