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Intercomparison of stratospheric water vapor observed by satellite experiments - Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment II versus Limb Infrared Monitor of the Stratosphere and Atmospheric Trace Molecule SpectroscopyA comparison is made of the stratospheric water vapor measurements made by the satellite sensors of the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment II (SAGE II), the Nimbus-7 LIMS, and the Spacelab 3 Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy (ATMOS) experiment. It was found that, despite differences in the measurement techniques, sampling bias, and observational periods, the three experiments have disclosed a generally consistent pattern of stratospheric water vapor distribution. The only significant difference occurs at high southern altitudes in May below 18 km, where LIMS measurements were 2-3 ppmv greater than those of SAGE II and ATMOS.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Chiou, E. W.
(Science Applications International Corp. Hampton, VA, United States)
Mccormick, M. P.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Mcmaster, L. R.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Chu, W. P.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Larsen, J. C.
(Old Dominion Univ. Norfolk, VA, United States)
Rind, D.
(NASA Goddard Inst. for Space Studies New York, United States)
Oltmans, S.
(NOAA, Climate Monitoring and Diagnostic Lab. Boulder, CO, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
March 20, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume: 98
Issue: D3
ISSN: 0148-0227
Subject Category
Meteorology And Climatology
Accession Number
Distribution Limits

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