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NESDIS operational sounding products from polar orbiting satellites



NESDIS operational sounding products from polar orbiting satellites



Global and Planetary Change 4(1): 107-111



NOAA has been producing vertical temperature and moisture profiles from the TIROS Operational Vertical Sounder (TOVS) since 1979. In 1985, NOAA also began producing vertical temperature profiles from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program's (DMSP) SSM/T (Special Sensor Microwave/Temperature) instrument. The National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) is NOAA's center of expertise for processing these satellite data. NESDIS carefully monitors and performs quality checks on these data throughout the processing stream. Raw radiance data and the derived products are archived for use by non-real-time users. The raw radiance data are archived completely with suspected data flagged. The derived product archive contains only good data. In the past, vertical temperature data were used primarily in numerical weather prediction (NWP) models. Now, as more research scientists turn to climate modeling, NESDIS is enhancing the archive products to satisfy this new demand. Current modifications include enlarging the file and adding more quality control information.

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DOI: 10.1016/0921-8181(91)90079-C



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