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Global Warming: Evidence from Satellite ObservationsObservations made in Channel 2 (53.74 GHz) of the Microwave Sounding Unit (MSU) radiometer, flown on-board sequential, sun-synchronous, polar orbiting NOAA operational satellites, indicate that the mean temperature of the atmosphere over the globe increased during the period 1980 to 1999. In this study we have minimized systematic errors in the time series introduced by the satellite orbital drift in an objective manner. This is done with the help the onboard warm black body temperature, which is used in the calibration of the MSU radiometer. The corrected MSU Channel 2 observations of the NOAA satellite series reveal that the vertically weighted global mean temperature of the atmosphere, with a peak weight near the mid-troposphere, warmed at the rate of 0.13 K per decade (with an uncertainty of 0.05 K per decade) during 1980 to 1999. The global warming deduced from conventional meteorological data that have been corrected for urbanization effects agrees reasonably with this satellite deuced result.
Document ID
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Prabhakara, C. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Iacovazzi, R., Jr. (Raytheon Co. United States)
Yoo, J.-M. (Ewha Woman's Univ. Seoul, Korea, Republic of)
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2001
Subject Category
Environment Pollution
Meeting Information
Decadel Climate Variability(Waikiki, HI)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.