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Water vapour profiles from WAVAS SAtellite component in HARmonized format (WAVAS_SAHAR) - Version 2

Laeng, Alexandra


This is the Version 2 of databank of satellite vertical profiles of the water vapour, that have participated in SPARC WAVAS assessment, in a harmonized format, WAVAS_SAHAR. All vertically-resolved satellite measurements of the tropospheric and stratospheric water vapour in the time period between 1984 and 2018 are included. The databank consists of water vapour profiles retrieved from each instrument, which are screened for invalid data according to recommendations of instruments’ teams, then transformed into a common unit and interpolated on a common grid.
The data versions included are those existing at the moment of WAVAS exercise, hence not always the most recent at the time of publishing.
The only difference of version 2 of the databank to the initial version of WAVAS-SAHAR is the MLS entry on ALT grid : in the version 2 the regridding was performed using the geometrical altitudes from Derived Meteorological Products (DMPs) for MLS profiles.

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Spurenstoffe und Fernerkundung (IMK-ASF)
KIT-Zentrum Klima und Umwelt (ZKU)
Publikationstyp Forschungsdaten
Publikationsdatum 14.10.2019
Erstellungsdatum 12.09.2019 - 13.09.2019
Identifikator DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000098908
KITopen-ID: 1000098908
HGF-Programm 12.04.05 (POF III, LK 01) Trends,Variaility,Large-Scale Processes
Lizenz Creative Commons Namensnennung – Nicht kommerziell 4.0 International

There exist two versions of the databank: volume mixing ratio profiles on common pressure grid and volume mixing ratio profiles on common altitude grid. The pressure grid corresponds to vertical sampling of appr. 1 km below 20 km and appr. 2–3 km above 20 km; the altitude grid has 1-km step. The altitude range of the profiles provided varies from instrument to instrument. Geolocation, uncertainty estimates
when available, and vertical resolution are provided for each profile. For some instruments, quality-related optional parameters are provided as well. This is one stop source for satellite vertical profiles of water vapour for the period 1984–2018. This databank is useful for a wide range of atmospheric applications, targets a wide range of users from modellers to scientists, and can be interesting for purposes of validation, assimilation, data merging, and atmospheric research. The databank WAVAS_SAHAR has been created in the framework of the European Space Agency Climate Change Initiative project.

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