Dry layers in the tropical West Pacific as observed with GPS radio occultation and CONTRAST aircraft measurements [poster]

AMS Citation:
Rieckh, T., S. -P. Ho, W. Randel, U. Foelsche, and Y. -H. Kuo, 2015: Dry layers in the tropical West Pacific as observed with GPS radio occultation and CONTRAST aircraft measurements [poster]. AGU Fall Meeting 2015, American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA, US.
Date:2015-12-14
Resource Type:conference material
Title:Dry layers in the tropical West Pacific as observed with GPS radio occultation and CONTRAST aircraft measurements [poster]
Abstract: Water vapor is the most important tropospheric greenhouse gas, but current measuring techniques for moisture are still limited by either vertical resolution, their ability to penetrate clouds, or their spatial coverage. In this study we compare Relative Humidity (RH) profiles derived from GPS Radio Occulation (RO) measurements with aircraft profile measurements in the Tropical West Pacific (TWP). The generally moist region of the TWP hosts lower and mid tropospheric layers of extremely dry air, which play a major role in tropical climate through their strong radiative impact.
Peer Review:Non-refereed
Copyright Information:Copyright Author(s). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
OpenSky citable URL: ark:/85065/d73x88g0
Author(s):
  • Therese Rieckh - NCAR/UCAR
  • Shu-Peng Ho - NCAR/UCAR
  • William Randel - NCAR/UCAR
  • Ulrich Foelsche
  • Ying-Hwa Kuo - NCAR/UCAR
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