Global evaluation of radiosonde water vapor systematic biases using GPS radio occultation from COSMIC and ECMWF analysis

AMS Citation:
Ho, S. -P., X. Zhou, Y. H. Kuo, D. Hunt, and J. -H. Wang, 2010: Global evaluation of radiosonde water vapor systematic biases using GPS radio occultation from COSMIC and ECMWF analysis. Remote Sensing, 2, 1320-1330, doi:10.3390/rs2051320.
Date:2010-05-07
Resource Type:article
Title:Global evaluation of radiosonde water vapor systematic biases using GPS radio occultation from COSMIC and ECMWF analysis
Abstract: In this study, we compare specific humidity profiles derived from Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC) radio occultation (RO) from August to November 2006 with those from different types of radiosonde and from ECMWF global analysis. Comparisons show that COSMIC specific humidity data agree well with ECMWF analysis over different regions of the world for both day and night times. On the contrary, evaluation against COSMIC specific humidity shows a distinct dry bias of Shang-E radiosonde (China) and an obvious wet bias of VIZ-type (USA). No obvious specific humidity biases are found for MRZ (Russia) and MEISEI (Japan) radiosondes. These results demonstrate the usefulness of COSMIC water vapor for quantifying the dry/wet biases among different sensor types.
Peer Review:Refereed
Copyright Information:Copyright Author(s) 2010. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
OpenSky citable URL: ark:/85065/d73r0v57
Publisher's Version: 10.3390/rs2051320
Author(s):
  • Shu-Peng Ho - NCAR/UCAR
  • Xinjia Zhou - NCAR/UCAR
  • Ying Kuo - NCAR/UCAR
  • Douglas Hunt - NCAR/UCAR
  • Jun-Hong Wang - NCAR/UCAR
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